The First Scènes de la vie privée, 1829–1830
The 1830 Scènes de la vie privée, Balzac's first collection of stories, emerge from the failure of Le Dernier Chouan, his first novel signed with his own name, the previous year, and from the Codes and the Physiologie to which he returned as a result. But its six narratives owe perhaps more to the Physiologie than to his novel, and this chapter looks first at the latter's role in the genesis of the Scènes, before returning to Le Dernier Chouan.
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