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The Atheist's Mass And Other Stories

(1836)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Excerpt from The Atheist's Mass, and Other Stories Honore De Balzac was born at Tours May 16, 1799. His father had been a barrister before the Revolution, but at the time of Honore's birth held a post in the Commissariat. His mother was much younger than his father, and survived her son. The novelist was the eldest of a family of four, two sisters being born after him and then a younger brother. At the age of seven he was sent to the Oratorian Grammar School at Vendome, where he stayed for seven years, without making any reputation for himself in the ordinary school course. Leaving Tours towards the end of 1814, the Balzacs removed to Paris, where Honore was sent to private schools and tutors till he had 'finished his classes, ' in 1816. Then he attended lectures at the Sorbonne, and, being destined by his father for the law, he went through the necessary lectures and examinations, attending the offices of an attorney and a notary for three years. Then a notary, a friend of his father, offered to Honore a place in his office, with a prospect of succeeding him in the business on very favourable terms. As against this, however, Balzac protested he would be a man of letters and nothing else. His protest was successful, but only in a qualified way, for although he was allowed to follow his own bent, it was in solitude and with meagre supplies that he did so. His family had left Paris at about this time, and he remained in a sparsely furnished garret with an old woman to look after him. For ten years this period of probation lasted, although he did not remain in the garret the whole of this time. We know, in detail, very little of him during this period. There are a good many of his letters during the first three years (1819-22) to his elder sister, Laure, who was his first confidante, and later his only authoritative biographer. Between 1822 and 1829, when he first made his mark, there are very few of his letters. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds o

    

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December 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Atheist's Mass And Other Stories: La Messe De L'Athee (1896)
Author(s): Honore De Balzac
ISBN: 1-120-81989-X / 978-1-120-81989-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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September 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Atheist's Mass And Other Stories
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 1-245-49052-4 / 978-1-245-49052-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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August 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The atheist's mass, and other stories
Author(s): Honore de Balzac, George Saintsbury
ISBN: 1-177-12925-6 / 978-1-177-12925-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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June 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Atheist's Mass: And Other Stories (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): Honore De Balzac
ISBN: 1-4510-0622-5 / 978-1-4510-0622-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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March 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Atheist's Mass and Other Stories
Author(s): Honore de Balzac, Clara Bell
ISBN: 1-146-69086-X / 978-1-146-69086-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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