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Read Lost Illusions by Honoré de Balzac, Modern Library edition, pages 278-end. The story of Lucien Chardon, a young poet who tries desperately to make a name for himself in Paris, is a brilliantly realistic and boldly satirical portrait of provincial manners and aristocratic life. Denied the social rank he thought would be his, Lucien discards his poetic aspirations and turns to hack journalism; his descent into Parisian low life ultimately leads to his own death.
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