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Laure, duchesse d'ABRANTÈS.

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2 L.A., one signed "la dsse d'A["circa 1832[, to his publisher Hippolyte Fournier, 4pp. in-8° each. Strong reaction to the request to reduce a short story: "That is impossible you see - look at Balzac who excels in his short stories - look at Le comte Chabert ?- L'Auberge rouge - thousand others - all are longer than mine ]...[ One cannot drive a character one only does drugs and then one loses the literary reputation. I have excellent guides in my friends and all of them have recommended me not to go like this unless I suffer in my future"... - I suffer "from a violent nervous pain in the stomach to which I am subject and whose attacks return as soon as I write for a long time", but "do not fear, you will have your copy soon". She warns that her business manager will go to see him. I only want good and gentle relations"...

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