W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393313871, 572pp.
Publication Date: January 17, 1996
Honore de Balzac was one of the greatest storytellers who ever lived, and now at last he has a biography that tells his story in a way Balzac himself would have loved with all the ambiguities, the flaws, the illusions and myths, the realities of street and salon, the loves and affairs, and above all the imperishable stories that still have the power to make us laugh out loud in one minute and weep in the next. Robb has given us a splendid tale, meticulously researched, lovingly put together, and beautifully told. Those who know Balzac will not be able to put his book down; those who don t know him will rush from this biography to the literary treasures created by the writer Robb describes for us in prose that does justice to its subject. Richard Marius, author of Thomas More: A Biography