Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Balzac” in chapter 1 of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Book and heart: essays on literature and life:
...w little sought, and rather alien to the present taste.
To these were added, in English, such tales as Poe's William Wilson and Hawthorne's The Birthmark and Rappaccini's Daughter,; and, in French, Balzac 's Le Peau de Chagrin, which Professor Longfellow used warmly to recommend to his college pupils.
Works like these represented the prevailing sentiment of a period; they exerted a distinct influence...
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