Into the Aether (1974) by Richard A. Lupoff. Cover art by Frank Frazetta
Droll Stories. Honoré de Balzac. New York Modern Library, N.D. (c.1954). Original dust jacket.
Collection of short stories, published in three sets of 10 stories each, in 1832, 1833, and 1837, as Contes drolatiques. Rabelaisian in theme, the stories are written with great vitality in a pastiche of 16th-century language. The tales are fully as lively as the author’s masterful Comédie humaine series, but they stand apart for their good-humoured licentiousness and historical wordplay.