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December 17th, 2010
Library's Great Books group to tackle Balzac


The Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) work, A Passion in the Desert, will be discussed at the Great Books Discussion Group at the San Maros Public Library.


The San Marcos Public Library, 625 East Hopkins Street, will discuss 19th century French writer Honore’ de Balzac’s A Passion in the Desert at its Great Books Discussion Group on Dec. 20. The group meets at 7 p.m. New members are welcome to join the group at any time.

Balzac’s biggest and possibly most famous project is La Comedie Humaine (The Human Comedy), a sequence of 100 plays and novels covering the time in French history after the fall of Napoleon in 1815. The work included all the fiction he published in his lifetime, including La Pere Goriot (Old Father Goriot) and La Cousine Bette (Cousin Bette)

The writing of Balzac was influential to many  authors, including Marcel Proust, Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Henry James and Jack Kerouac.

For more information on the Great Books Discussion Group, call the library at (512) 392-6470.

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  1. I hope we do a good job of “tackling” Balzac Monday night. Go Great Books! We’ll make sure Balzac knows he’s been tackled!

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