Summer Book Club: The Girl with the Golden Eyes and Other Stories by Honoré de Balzac

Summer Book Club: The Girl with the Golden Eyes and Other Stories by Honoré de Balzac

Thursday, June 30, 2022

7:00 PM–9:00 PM
Manton Research Center
Join Clark staff and fellow book lovers for lively in-person discussions of three different books related to the summer's exhibitions. Works by Honoré de Balzac, Marino Azuela, and Rebecca Solnit provide new insights into the summer special exhibitions, Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern, José Guadalupe Posada: Symbols, Skeletons and Satire, and Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meander. Each meeting is free, but capacity is limited, so please RSVP for each meeting you would like to attend. Reservations open one month before each meeting. All novels are available in English translations, and copies will be available for purchase in the Clark's Museum Store.

The summer book club series begins with Honoré de Balzac, The Girl with the Golden Eyes and Other Stories, translated by Peter Collier. In 1891, Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) received a commission to create a monument to the influential and prolific French writer Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850). Rodin carefully researched the long-dead author and read his novels. Three novellas from Balzac’s La Comédie Humaine—a series of some ninety finished inter-linked novels and stories illustrating contemporary French life—will provide insight into the author and the sculptor who memorialized him. The novellas include The Girl with the Golden Eyes, The Unknown Masterpiece, and Sarrasine.

Free, but capacity is limited to thirty attendees. Registration for this event opens on Monday, May 30. Please notify us if you change your plans after registering so that others may join. Subsequent book club meetings take place on Thursday, July 28 and Thursday, August 25.

Image: Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917), Honoré de Balzac, 1891. Terracotta, with base 15 x 5 x 5 in. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, 1912 (12.11.1)