The Unknown Masterpiece (English and French Edition)

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Balzac's The Unknown Masterpiece has a long tradition of importance and influence among artists in Europe. In this famous story, newly translated and illustrated by the Philadelphia artist Michael Neff, the author of many classics of world literature wrestles with the great difficulty of achieving a balance among ambition, professionalism, idealism and love. Because of the problems in his own life, Balzac considered this a balance particularly difficult for artists to achieve. Elegantly rendered and illustrated in the grand tradition of Picasso, Cézanne and others, The Unknown Masterpiece is as important for artists and those interested in the artistic temperament as it has ever been. In his emotional description of the tragic possibilities inherent in an artist's life, Balzac reaches to the core of the human predicament.

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Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850) is generally credited as the inventor of the modern realistic novel. In more than ninety novels, he set forth French society and life as he saw it. He created a cast of over two thousand individual and identifiable characters, some of whom reappear in different novels. He organized his works into his masterpiece, La Comedie Humaine,which was the final result of his attempt to grasp the whole of society and experience into one varied but unified work.

Richard Howard was born in Cleveland in 1929. He is the author of fourteen volumes of poetry and has published more than one hundred fifty translations from the French, including works by Gide, Stendhal, de Beauvoir, Baudelaire, and de Gaulle. Howard received a National Book Award for his translation of Fleurs du mal and a Pulitzer Prize for Untitled Subjects, a collection of poetry.

Arthur C. Danto (1924-2013) was the Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, art critic for The Nation, and author of many books about art and philosophy. He coined the term “artworld.”

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Text: English, French (translation)

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