NON-FICTION: Honore de Balzac

BALZAC—Rene Benjamin—Knopf ($5). Fiction could be, has been defined as imaginary biography. Biography in its latest form could be defined as imaginary fiction. Into this definition fits the work of Andre Maurois, of his followers like Author Benjamin. They believe in making truth seem real by giving it the guise of fiction. Holding to an authentic outline, their method is to present what did happen as what might have happened, as part of the story.

Balzac was a cross between a babbitt and a stroke of lightning. Above...

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