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Physiology of Marriage

(1900)
Petty Worries of Conjugal Life
(The ninth book in the Human Comedy series)
A novel by

 
It is well known that Balzac had two literary careers--the first, under a pseudonym, writing blood-and-thunder romance novels and the second, under his own name, as the creator of 'La Comedie Humaine', the vast chronicle of "contemporary life in all its complexity." But, in between these outpourings of fiction, he wrote a work of nonfiction--'The Physiology of Marriage'--that brought him his first fame as a writer and introduced his now familiar worldview in which passion is held in check by social advantage and blind innocence is the greatest danger to well-being. As forgotten today as Stendhal's much more ardent 'On Love' is renown, 'The Physiology of Marriage' coolly examines the economics and power relationships of seduction and love. Balzac proposes that marriage and the selection of a wife be treated as a science, and examines topics ranging from moral education to methods for foiling adulterous relationships. For all of its apparent misogyny, the 'Physiology' is surprisingly evenhanded in its rough treatment of both men and women (and is said to have been written with the collaboration of two women). Though addressed to a male audience, the book's lively attack on the stale institution of marriage made it most popular with women readers of its day. "'Policy' in marriage consists of taking advantage of all opportunities offered by the laws, by the system of our morals, by force, and by cunning, for preventing your wife from doing the three things that practically constitute the life of love: writing to her lover, seeing him, and speaking to him."--from 'The Physiology of Marriage'

 
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Hardback Editions

August 2016 : Hardback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore De 1799-1850 Balzac
ISBN: 1-373-20798-1 / 978-1-373-20798-2
Publisher: Wentworth Press
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November 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 1-117-00393-0 / 978-1-117-00393-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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March 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: At the Sign of the Jack o'Lantern
Author(s): Myrtle Reed
ISBN: 1-4344-5468-1 / 978-1-4344-5468-3 (USA edition)
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November 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 0-559-62361-5 / 978-0-559-62361-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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August 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore De Balzac
ISBN: 0-554-25540-5 / 978-0-554-25540-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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August 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore De Balzac
ISBN: 0-554-34843-8 / 978-0-554-34843-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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July 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 0-548-00781-0 / 978-0-548-00781-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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June 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage: Part 1 (Pt. 1)
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 1-4043-8370-0 / 978-1-4043-8370-8 (USA edition)
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June 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage: Part 2 (Pt. 2)
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 1-4043-8372-7 / 978-1-4043-8372-2 (USA edition)
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June 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage: Part 3 (Pt. 3)
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 1-4043-8374-3 / 978-1-4043-8374-6 (USA edition)
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April 1943 : USA Hardback
Title: Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 0-87140-983-6 / 978-0-87140-983-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
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June 1929 : USA Hardback
Title: Physiologie de Mariage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 0-686-53911-7 / 978-0-686-53911-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: French & European Pubns
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Paperback Editions

August 2016 : Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore De 1799-1850 Balzac
ISBN: 1-373-20797-3 / 978-1-373-20797-5
Publisher: Wentworth Press
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September 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 1-330-29367-3 / 978-1-330-29367-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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February 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage (Physiologie du Mariage): or The Musings of an Eclectic Philosopher on the Happiness and Unhappiness of Married Life
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 1-4954-3900-3 / 978-1-4954-3900-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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June 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Balzac Honore De 1799-1850
ISBN: 1-314-25598-3 / 978-1-314-25598-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hardpress Publishing
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March 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 1-4839-6774-3 / 978-1-4839-6774-5 (USA edition)
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November 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore De Balzac
ISBN: 1-4802-2754-4 / 978-1-4802-2754-5 (USA edition)
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November 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage (Large Print)
Author(s): Honore De Balzac
ISBN: 1-4802-2755-2 / 978-1-4802-2755-2 (USA edition)
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August 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern
Author(s): Myrtle Reed
ISBN: 1-153-79945-6 / 978-1-153-79945-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: RareBooksClub.com
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August 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: The physiology of marriage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 1-177-85703-0 / 978-1-177-85703-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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November 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 1-117-00395-7 / 978-1-117-00395-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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November 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 1-241-26759-6 / 978-1-241-26759-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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March 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: At the Sign of the Jack o'Lantern
Author(s): Myrtle Reed
ISBN: 1-4344-5467-3 / 978-1-4344-5467-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wildside Press
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December 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern
Author(s): Myrtle Reed
ISBN: 1-4068-9299-8 / 978-1-4068-9299-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Echo Library
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November 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: The Physiology Of Marriage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 1-4385-0649-X / 978-1-4385-0649-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Book Jungle
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November 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 0-559-62357-7 / 978-0-559-62357-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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November 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 0-559-62359-3 / 978-0-559-62359-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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November 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 0-559-62360-7 / 978-0-559-62360-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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February 2007 : USA Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 1-4264-9228-6 / 978-1-4264-9228-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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February 2007 : USA Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 1-4264-9285-5 / 978-1-4264-9285-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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February 2007 : USA Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 0-554-04303-3 / 978-0-554-04303-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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February 2007 : USA Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 0-554-15007-7 / 978-0-554-15007-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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May 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage (Dodo Press)
Author(s): Honore De Balzac
ISBN: 1-4065-0672-9 / 978-1-4065-0672-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dodo Press
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April 2005 : USA Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 0-7661-9480-9 / 978-0-7661-9480-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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June 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage: Part 1 (Pt. 1)
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 1-4043-8371-9 / 978-1-4043-8371-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: IndyPublish.com
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June 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage: Part 2: Pt. 2
Author(s): Honore De Balzac
ISBN: 1-4043-8373-5 / 978-1-4043-8373-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: IndyPublish.com
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June 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage: Part 3 (Pt. 3)
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 1-4043-8375-1 / 978-1-4043-8375-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: IndyPublish.com
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October 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 1-84637-987-3 / 978-1-84637-987-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Echo Library
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May 1997 : USA Paperback
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 0-8018-5550-0 / 978-0-8018-5550-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
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Kindle Editions

November 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
Publisher: Honore de Balzac
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December 2012 : USA, UK Kindle edition
Title: At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern
Author(s): Myrtle Reed
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
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December 2012 : USA, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast
Author(s): William Roscoe
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
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September 2004 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Physiology of Marriage
Author(s): Honore De Balzac, Honore Balzac, de
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
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