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The Secrets of the Princesse de Cadignan (La Comédie Humaine)

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By the French author, who, along with Flaubert, is generally regarded as a founding-father of realism in European fiction. His large output of works, collectively entitled The Human Comedy (La Comedie Humaine), consists of 95 finished works (stories, novels and essays) and 48 unfinished works. His stories are an attempt to comprehend and depict the realities of life in con ...more
Paperback, 68 pages
Published May 5th 2006 by Dodo Press (first published June 1839)
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Jim
Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Secrets of the Princesse de Cadignan is a comic tale about a society woman, a Princess and a Duchess, who attempts to recycle her slightly seedy past by pursuing a minor literary figure of great probity and innocence. The Princess de Cadignan, aka the Duchesse de Maufrigneuse, has consorted with such notable Balzac rakes as Henri de Marsay, Maxime de Trailles, and Eugène de Rastignac, but is disconcerted to find herself being stalked by an unknown but comely young man.

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Scott Wilson
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a good short story mostly for Balzac fans who have read Lost Illusions and A Harlot High and Low. Although I am reading the whole Human Comedy, I was especially interested in this one to discover what happened to Daniel Arthez, who was Lucien de Rubempre's friend from the aforementioned books.
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Jul 15, 2012 rated it liked it
The Princesse de Cadignan, nee Diane d'Uxelles appears in a number of stories of the Human Comedy. Her husband left France with the Royal Family after the disasters of the Revolution of July 1830, but the Princess decided to remain in Paris. With much of the great family's fortune unavailable for her use, she determined to live in complete retirement, forgotten by society.
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Honoré de Balzac was a nineteenth-century French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of almost 100 novels and plays collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the fall of Napoléon Bonaparte in 1815.

Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders o
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