Balzac’s "Le Père Goriot" (19135)

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Dubbed the father of realism, Honoré de Balzac’s most famous fictional father is Père Goriot, the wilted maker of vermicelli at the center of an 1835 novel that forms the cornerstone of the author’s sprawling project,  La Comédie humaine.  A squalid Paris boarding-house is the setting for a rag-tag assortment of scrapping, fallen, and criminal characters, some slipping downwards in society, and one, the ambitious young man from the provinces, Rastignac, scrambling desperately to go up.  A retelling of King Lear that is perhaps even more tragic for its lack of a loving Cordelia, Balzac’s style is colorful rather than dark, a textured painting of the kinds of people post-Napoleonic France left behind to fend for themselves. Epic in detail, and a sociological tour-de-force ( "the 19th century, as we know it, is largely an invention of Balzac's" Oscar Wilde pointed out) , Le Père Goriot is also a miniature in form, written quickly and compactly for serial publication—an intimate entry into “Scenes from a Private Life” which would follow the intersections of various characters across dozens of different novels.  Flickering with shades of Homer, Dante, and Sir Walter Scott, in Le Père Goriot and the massive compass of La Comédie humaine, Balzac lionized the smaller, more mannered and less noble lives of men and women tumbling into the chaotic new reign of a commercial order. Please note new dates: Two Thursdays Dec. 12th from 2 to 4 p.m. and Dec. 19th from 3 to 5 p.m.


Père Goriot (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback) By Honore De Balzac

Nicole Miller's prize-winning essays have appeared recently in New Letters and Arts & Letters magazines. Her fiction has been published twice in The Mays, edited by Jill Paton Walsh and Sebastian Faulks. She received an M.Phil. in Victorian Literature from Lincoln College, Oxford; a PhD in English at University College, London; and an MFA at Emerson College, Boston, where she held the Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing. At The Oxford English Dictionary, she has served as a scholarly reader for British Dialects since 2002. She edits faculty manuscripts in Harvard’s English Department and teaches nineteenth and twentieth century British literature at Politics and Prose in Washington D.C.

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Père Goriot (Oxford World's Classics) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780199538751
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - November 1st, 2009