A Harlot High and Low

10 best books like A Harlot High and Low (Honoré de Balzac): The Temptation of St. Antony, Mademoiselle de Maupin, Les caves du Vatican, Lucien Leuwen, Pot Luck, The Gods Will Have Blood, La double inconstance, Pages from the Goncourt Journals, La confession d'un enfant du siècle, Les Diaboliques

AuthorGustave Flaubert
ISBN0140444106
A book that deeply influenced the young Freud and was the inspiration for many artists, The Temptation of Saint Anthony was Flaubert's lifelong work, thirty years in the making. Based on the story of the third-century saint who lived on an isolated mountaintop in the Egyptian desert, it is a fantastical...
AuthorThéophile Gautier
ISBN0140448136
A woman uses her incredible beauty to captivate both d'Albert, a young poet, and disguised as a man, his mistress, Rosette.

In this shocking tale of sexual deception, Gautier draws readers into the bedrooms and boudoirs of a French château in a compelling exploration of desire and sexual...
AuthorAndré Gide
ISBN2070360342
Qu'une vieille mule comme Amédée Fleurissoire rencontre des escrocs, et le voilà en route pour Rome, persuadé d'aller sauver le pape. À ce jeu de dupes, il n'a pas grand chose à perdre sinon quelques illusions et beaucoup d'argent. Qu'un jeune arriviste comme Lafcadio décide de se faire passer...
AuthorStendhal
ISBN2070409104
Chassé de l’Ecole polytechnique dans les années 1830, Lucien Leuwen, grâce aux relations de son père, riche banquier parisien, obtient de devenir sous-lieutenant et gagne Nancy. Tandis que son régiment de lanciers entre dans la ville, il aperçoit, derrière une persienne entrouverte,...
AuthorÉmile Zola
ISBN0192831798
Pot Luck, Zola's most acerbic satire, describes daily life in a newly constructed block of flats in late nineteenth-century Paris. In examining the contradictions that pervade bourgeois life, Zola reveals a multitude of betrayals and depicts a veritable 'melting pot' of moral and sexual degeneracy....
AuthorAnatole France
ISBN0140184570
Published in 1912, when Anatole France was sixty-eight, The Gods Will Have Blood is the story of Gamelin, an idealistic young artist appointed as a magistrate during the French Revolution. Gamelin's ideals lead him to the most monstrous mass murder of his countrymen, and the links between Gamelin...
AuthorPierre de Marivaux
ISBN2035881080
Dans un royaume imaginaire, deux villageois, Arlequin et Silvia, s'aiment d'un amour si profond que rien ni personne ne semble pouvoir les séparer...
Mais un jour, le Prince, en simple tenue d'officier du palais, rencontre Silvia et n'a dès lors plus qu'une seule idée en tête : l'épouser....
Pages from the Goncourt Journals
AuthorEdmond de Goncourt
No evocation of Parisian life in the second half of the nineteenth century can match that found in the journals of the brothers Goncourt

The journal of the brothers Edmond and Jules de Goncourt is one of the masterpieces of nineteenth-century French literature, a work that in its richness of...
AuthorAlfred de Musset
ISBN0543897788
Alfred Louis Charles de Musset-Pathay (1810-1857) was a French dramatist, poet, and novelist. After attempts at careers in medicine, law, drawing, English and piano, he became one of the first Romantic writers, with his first collection of poems, Contes d'Espagne et d'Italie (Tales of Spain and...
AuthorJules Barbey d'Aurevilly
ISBN2253036544
Quant aux femmes de ces histoires, pourquoi ne seraient-elles pas les Diaboliques ? N'ont-elles pas assez de diabolisme en leur personne pour mériter ce doux nom ? Diaboliques ! il n'y en a pas une seule ici qui ne le soit à quelque degré. Comme le Diable, qui était un ange aussi, mais qui a culbuté,...
AuthorFrançois-René de Chateaubriand
ISBN0785911820
The only available edition in English of the greatest of all French autobiographies

By the time he came to write his extraordinary, highly entertaining memoirs, Chateaubriand had witnessed some of the iconic figures and events of French history—from the court of Louis XVI, to the reign...
AuthorMarcel Proust
A stunning volume of philosophical reflections, short narratives, and prose poems, Pleasures and Days provides an early glimpse into Proust’s genius as a collector of exquisitely poignant sensations and recollections. Set amid the salon society of fin-du-siècle Paris, these sketches and...
AuthorColette
ISBN0374527857
Two volumes of Colette's most beloved works, with a new Introduction by Judith Thurman.

Perhaps Colette's best-known work, Gigi is the story of a young girl being raised in a household more concerned with success and money than with the desires of the heart. But Gigi is uninterested in the dishonest...
AuthorGeorge Sand
I don't know which character annoyed me more, Horace, who is completely unredeemable. Or Theophile, the narrator, who seemed naively blind to Horace's faults and continually made excuses for his friend's behavior. Too bad we didn't get more from Marthe or Eugenie's POV, although at the time the book...
AuthorPierre Louÿs
ISBN2070385329
Alexandrie, Ier siècle avant Jésus-Christ : un sculpteur en vogue, amant de la reine, tombe amoureux de la belle courtisane Chrysis, qui exige de lui trois gages. Il commet trois crimes. Puis il rêve que son désir est assouvi. Il exige alors de Chrysis qu'elle aille déposer les trois objets sur...
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