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Balzac: A Biography
Honore de Balzac was born in Tours in 1799. The family name did not include the 'de,' Balzac added that later in life because he thought it had more prestige. At seventeen he began to study law, but decided against a legal career three years later. He tried his hand at writing, and after an unsuccessful start, he began publishing regularly. A prolific writer, he published some three hundred works during the later part of his life. Much int...
Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo was a writer of the 19th century in France. Hugo wrote "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", and "Les Miserables". Hugo was a self-proclaimed "revolutionary socialist" and a vocal opponent of French emperor Louis Napoleon, and so Hugo was forced into exile. He first went to Brussels, and then to England's Channel Islands, and it was here that he completed "Les Miserables". Most modern readers may be unfamiliar with the life of this great author...


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