Prometheus - The Life of Balzac

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Author: André Maurois
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Hard Cover
1966 Edition.  2nd Impression.  FIRST PUBLISHED IN FRANCE IN 1965.
Publisher - The Bodley Head, London.
Cover is hard bound with deep red cloth.  Good Condition.
Dust Jacket is present.  Clipped.  Glossy Finish.  Minor edge-wear.  Good Condition.
End Papers are intact.  Personal inscription on First Front Flyleaf.
Preliminaries - Photographic Frontispiece, Dedication,List of Contents, Translator's Note, Author's Foreword, List of Illustrations
Main Text Body - 253 Pages.  Fine and Clean.  Translated by Norman Denny, Photographic Illustrations throughout.    
End Matters – Bibliography, Chronological List and Index of Works, Index of Names.
Edges are even and unworn.
Spine is tight with no gutter damage.  Gilt lettering.
Page Structure is sound with no missing pages.


Maurois ends the enormous, sprawling life of Balzac with the question, ""But who would wish to be Balzac?"" A man's query perhaps.  What Maurois evokes here so strongly is the writer and the lover and the always hungry dreamer of fame, greatness and happiness. Balzac's feats were prodigious. Maurois is a little like the wise ""friend of the family"" who tells the story with all the intimate speculations, small reproaches and loving (sometimes sentimental) praise one might expect. Names, places and figures abound, and while many of these particulars are only scantily examined, one doesn't mind. There are good but simple summaries of Balzac's thought but for the most part this close biography draws one headlong into a fantastic life. 


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