Raine's 1948 translation of Balzac's passionate tale of vengeance, immorality and noble sacrifice was published in Britain on the centennial of Cousin Bette's original publication. Also contains newly commissioned endnotes.
Kathleen Raine, the renowned British translator, poet, critic, and editor, was recently awarded the distinguished title of Comman-deur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. Francine Prose's most recent novel, Blue Angel, was a 2000 National Book Award finalist. A contributing editor at Harper's magazine, she writes for many publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.