Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac

La Cousine Bette (English: Cousin Betty or Cousin Bette) is an 1846 novel by French author Honoré de Balzac. Set in mid-19th century Paris, it tells the story of an unmarried middle-aged woman who plots the destruction of her extended family. Bette works with Valérie Marneffe, an unhappily married young lady, to seduce and torment a series of men. One of these is Baron Hector Hulot, husband to Bette's cousin Adeline. He sacrifices his family's fortune and good name to please Valérie, who leaves him for a tradesman named Crevel. The book is part of the Scènes de la vie parisienne section of Balzac's novel sequence La Comédie humaine.

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Cousin Bette Audio CD 4582840 $11.49 $1.34 1998
Cousin Bette Audio CD 2620727 $68.04 $51.30 2007
Cousin Bette (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback 1252531 $9.73 $0.01 1998
Cousin Bette Kindle Edition 159394 $2.99 2012
Cousin Bette (Oxford World's Classics) Kindle Edition 477226 $7.01 1998
Cousin Bette Kindle Edition 408455 $1.99 2012
Cousin Bette (Everyman's Library Series) Hardcover 1377730 $46.02 $0.01 1991
Cousin Bette Vol.1 Kindle Edition 1503529 $4.99 2011
Cousin Bette Vol.2 Kindle Edition 1664833 $4.99 2011
La Cousine Bette (Ldp Classiques) (French Edition) Mass Market Paperback 4188876 $6.63 $3.85 1984
Cousin Bette. Translated From the French By Kathleen Raine Hardcover 2881598 $7.75 1948
Cousin Bette (Classics) Kindle Edition 820680 $8.11 2004
Cousin Bette (In English)(The Bantam Classics, SC 81) Mass Market Paperback 10751615 $8.25
Cousin Bette Paperback 2782125 $2.47 $8.00 2010
Cousin Bette Hardcover 837824 $8.48 1948
Cousin Betty: (la Cousine Bette). V. 2 Paperback 13459157 $23.99 2009
Cousin Bette Audible Audio Edition 107719 $29.95 2013
La Cousin Bette (French Edition) Mass Market Paperback 5902352 $8.00 $9.69 1998
La cousine Bette (French Edition) Kindle Edition 1768622 2004
La Cousine Bette (Folio Classique) (French Edition) Mass Market Paperback 1769122 $16.99 $0.39
Cousine Bette (Folio (Gallimard)) (French Edition) Paperback 2884464 $7.14 $7.14 2007
Cousin Betty Paperback 5111406 $12.99 $98.91 2010
Cousin Betty Hardcover 8070119 $32.14 $38.44 2008
Cousin Bette Hardcover 816599 $30.95 $37.78 2016
Cousin Bette: (Annotated with short biography) Kindle Edition 144708 2014
La Prima Bette [Cousin Bette] Audible Audiobook 249714 $3.95 2006
Cousin Bette Paperback 4614875 $185.03 $17.61 2012
Cousin Bette (Classic Reprint) Hardcover 1744766 $35.74 2017
Cousin Bette (Everyman's Library (Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.)) Hardcover 3028428 $23.83 $0.01 1998
Cousin Bette (Modern Library Classics) Paperback 62329 $9.43 $4.22 2002
Cousin Bette: Part 1 of Poor Relations (Penguin Classics) Paperback 970750 $7.43 $0.93 1965
Cousin Bette (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback 814522 $8.25 $3.00 2008