The first eleven in human comedy. Important letter to dubochet - one of the four publishers of the human comedy with hetzel stone-jules, alexandre paulin and furne charles - testifying to the editorial hassle of balzac. Interrupted since November 1843, the service of deliveries of human comedy did not resume until January 1844. Balzac complained to dubochet and entrusted his letter to hetzel, partner of the adventure, to whom he wrote on the same day, giving him the support that victor Hugo had for him. "My dear dubochet, as nothing should prevent me from returning to the course of the deliveries of today's human comedy Friday 5 in eight, Friday 12 January, please let me send a small note to all those who take the deliveries, so designed.
De balzac produced a momentary interruption in the dispatch of the deliveries of the human comedy. But this interruption was used by publishers who agreed with the author to fill the two gaps that existed in the order of volumes. Thus, after having published volumes 10 and 11 (2 and 3 of the scenes of Parisian life), they will be able to publish volume 7 3.
Scenes of provincial life and volume 4 4. Privacy scenes, so that after the publication of these 4 volumes, the eleven volumes published will be the first eleven in human comedy. " The public and the claimants will know that the company is not abandoned and I will no longer receive letters from people who are happy to bother me under the veil of anonymity.It was I who predicted that the public would accept this publication as a very serious thing and that it would end up seeing a story instead of seeing novels. I have seven volumes of new books to make, to publish and to place either in newspapers or in bookstores so that the two missing volumes are completed. It takes time for them to be published either in newspapers or in booksellers - but above all they must be published. Now, to make for example the 15 leaves missing in volume vii, it is necessary that m. Plon have finished volume x, and that his character is used in my novel. [printer] had, for the past two months, manufactured volume xi, he could compose me on volume iv, manuscripts that would be ready for the newspapers.
I repeat to you, my dear dubochet, that not only do you stop the case, but you are taking away the means to facilitate the placement of the 4 books that I have to publish. I entrust this letter to hetzel so that you may grant it.
It is unimaginable that when, a difficulty foreseen by me during your first intentions which was to sell separate volumes, once recognized by you, arouses my concern, to the point of making me do unheard of works to compose 4 new works, instead of caring for the peasants who are composed, of the pathology of social life, etc. You're the one who's obstructing me. The day you want to publish in 10. Page of the newspapers, as a prospectus, the 2 introductory sheets that I made, you will see what you will sell of the 12th volumes!
So I ask again, and this will be the last, your will, your activity that have been more than promised to me (it is a written article) to finish the volume of plon, and to make it walk quickly langrand. The first volume of the scenes of political life will be a necessary snack to arrive at the deadlines of the new publications, and believe well, my dear dubochet, that I am making arrangements and working at this moment to make surprises to those who might believe me or dead, or extinct or weakened.The studies of mours will have 16 volumes that is one more than the 15 promised. You will be able to make a break between the studies of mours and philosophical studies. Consult our manuscripts The Autograph Gallery of Centuries specializes in the sale and expertise of autograph letters and manuscripts of the great personalities of past centuries. Purchase / payment methods we accept the following methods of payment: transfers and bank cheques. The prices shown are in euros and are net. We can also ship by private carrier at your request.
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