La Cousine Bette
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La Cousine Bette
By Honoré de Balzac
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Written in 1846 at the height of Balzac's powers, this novel portrays the stunningly malevolent Cousin Bette and her intricate plans for revenge against the wealthy relatives on whom she depends and whose condescension she bitterly resents. As Bette's insidious deceit relentlessly unravels the lives of the obsessive womanizer Baron Hulot and his angelic wife, Adeline, Balzac displays a sense of verbal comedy as acute as Dickens's and creates a world that is vivid and densely real. Henry James considered him the greatest of all novelists; in Cousin Bette Balzac gives ample proof of his genius. Fox Searchlight's film adaptation, starring Jessica Lange and Elizabeth Shue, will be in theaters in June 1998.

Table of Contents
  • COUSIN BETTY
    • Translated by James Waring
      • COUSIN BETTY ADDENDUM
  • COUSIN BETTY
    • "WENCESLAS."
      • "CLOSED ON ACCOUNT OF ILLNESS."
      • "VALERIE."
      • "YOUR HECTOR, FOR LIFE."
      • "YOUR HECTOR."
      • "ALGIERS.
      • "FROM THE PRISON AT ORAN.
      • "JOHANN FISCHER."
      • "HECTOR."
    • ADDENDUM
      • The following personages appear in other stories of the Human Comedy.
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