September 1, 2013 12:06 PM Subscribe
Recently, I purchased a complete set of Balzac's Human Comedy for my Kindle. At roughly the same price as my morning coffee. Balzac was a infamously productive writer. So I'm asking for some recommendations to help me navigate this hyoooge corpus.
posted by jason's_planet to writing & language (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Through most of my life, English-language translations of Balzac tended to be limited to a few of the Greatest Hits*, available through Penguin. Now that I have the whole of his work available for reading, I would like to know which of his lesser-known pieces, the stuff that wasn't readily available in English, is worth reading. I know that a lot of his writing was produced under time and financial pressures and is . . . well, hackwork, to be perfectly blunt about it, so which of the second-tier Balzac material is worth reading, and which of it should I skip?
*When I say "Greatest Hits," I'm referring to the Wild Ass's Skin, Old Goriot, Cousin Bette, etc.