Honoré de Balzac: Louis Lambert (3604 words)

  • Michael Tilby (University of Cambridge)

Louis Lambert, which was first published in October 1832 as one of Balzac’s Nouveaux contes philosophiques [New Philosophical Tales], was eventually incorporated, following considerable expansion and modification, in the section of his Comédie humaine [Human Comedy] entitled Études philosophiques [Philosophical Studies]. Significantly longer than the other three stories that comprised the original collection (Maître Cornélius, Madame Firmiani, and L’Auberge rouge [The Red Inn]), it continued the author’s fascination with the destructive nature of thought when pursued to excess. It thus provided a further illustration of what the emergent critic Philarète Chasles had described, i…

Tilby, Michael. "Louis Lambert". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 November 2015
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=21925, accessed 24 October 2016.]