Women in the Life of Balzac

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" . . . for no one knows the secret of my life,
and I do not wish to disclose it to any one."
Lettres a l'Etrangere, V. I, p. 418, July 19, 1837.


  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Author's Note
  • Chapter I: Biographical Sketch of Balzac
  • Chapter II: Relatives and Family Friends
    • Part I: Balzac's Mother
    • Part II: Madame Surville, Madame Mallet, Madame Duhamel
    • Part III: Madame Sallambier, Madame de Montzaigle, Madame de Brugnolle, Madame Delannoy, Madame de Pommereul, Madame de Margonne
    • Part IV: Madame Carraud, Madame Nivet
  • Chapter III: Literary Friends
    • Part I: Madame Gay, Madame Hamelin, Madame de Girardin, Madame Desbordes-Valmore, Madame Dorval
    • Part II: La Duchesse d'Abrantes
    • Part III: La Princesse Belgiojoso, Madame Marbouty, la Comtesse d'Agoult, George Sand
  • Chapter IV: Business and Social Friends
    • Part I: Madame Bechet, Madame Werdet
    • Part II: Madame Rossini, Madame Recamier, la Duchesse de Dino, la Comtesse Appony, Madame de Bernard, Madame David, la Baronne Gerard
    • Part III: La Comtesse Visconti, Madame de Valette, Mademoiselle Kozlowska
    • Part IV: La Comtesse Turheim, la Comtesse de Bocarme, la Comtesse Merlin, la Princesse Galitzin de Genthol, la Baronne de Rothschild, la Comtesse Maffei, la Comtesse Serafina San-Serverino, la Comtesse Bolognini
    • Part V: La Princesse Bagration, la Comtesse, Bossi, Madame Kisseleff, la Princesse de Schonburg, Madame Jaroslas Potocka, la Baronne de Pfaffins, la Comtesse Delphine Potocka
    • Part VI: Maria, Helene, Louise
  • Chapter V: Sentimental Friendships
    • Part I: Madame de Berny
    • Part II: La Duchesse de Castries, Madamoiselle de Trumilly
    • Part III: Madame Hanska, la Comtesse Mniszech, Mademoiselle Borel, Mesdemoiselles Wylezynska, la Comtesse Rosalie Rzewuska, Mademoiselle Caliste Rzewuska, Madame Cherkowitsch, Madame Riznitsch, la Comtesse Marie Potocka
  • Conclusion

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