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Authors > Balzac - The Publisher's Nightmare

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message 1: by Adrian (new)

Adrian | 253 comments Galley proof of a page from Eugénie Grandet, with Balzac's corrections for the printer:



Jacques Barzun reprinted this page in Simple & Direct, assuming that if Balzac could go to this much trouble on almost every page of his novels, then we lesser mortals might be a little more careful about revising our own stylistic blunders. Uh-huh.


message 2: by Kerry, flame-haired janeite (new)

Kerry Dunn (kerryanndunn) | 886 comments Mod
This makes my head hurt. Wow.


message 3: by Robert (new)

Robert Corbett (robcrowe00) | 169 comments Beautiful, but he was wonderfully obsessive. I think he might have thought it was a disease, not a model.


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