Honoré de Balzac: Eugénie Grandet

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  • Andrew Watts (University of Birmingham)

Written in 1833, Eugénie Grandet was, and remains, one of the defining achievements of Balzac’s career. The first chapter of the novel, “Physionomies bourgeoises”, was published in a weekly review, L’Europe littéraire, under the title Eugénie Grandet: Histoire de Province, on 19 September 1833. At the same time, readers were promised a second instalment, “Le Cousin de Paris”, and this had already been typeset when Balzac announced unexpectedly that the serialisation was to be interrupted. Three days later, on 22 September, he left Paris for Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and a first meeting with Eveline Hanska, the …

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Watts, Andrew. "Eugénie Grandet". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 February 2008
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