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Le Lys dans la vallée

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Le Lys dans la Vallée (English: The Lily of the Valley) is an 1835 novel about love and society by French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850). It concerns the affection — emotionally vibrant but never consummated — between Félix de Vandenesse and Henriette de Mortsauf. It is part of his series of novels (or Roman-fleuve) known as La Comédie humaine (The Human Comedy), which parodies and depicts French society in the period of the Bourbon Restoration and the July Monarchy (1815–1848). In his novel he also mentions the château Azay-le-Rideau, which can still be visited today.
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part of the series: La Comédie humaine
original title: Le Lys dans la vallée
language: French
date of publication: 1836
genre: novel
characters: Madame de Mortsauf
follows: Le Curé de village
followed by: La Peau de chagrin

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