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Honore de Balzac - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Honore de Balzac
(1799 - 1850)

 
Category:  French Literature
 
Born:  May 20, 1799
Tours, France
 
Died:  August 18, 1850
Paris, France
 
Related authors:
Alexandre Dumas Sr., Charles Dickens, Edmund Burke, George Sand, Victor Hugo
 
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Honore de Balzac - LIFE STORIES
 
 
8/18/1850     Balzac - Life as Fiction
On this day in 1850 Honore de Balzac died, at the age of fifty-one. Balzac's last months were as tumultuous as all the others, and as brimming with life as anything in his seventeen-volume Human Comedy. Balzac believed that such adventures and appetites finally killed him, his finite store of vital fluid having been used up.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
A Harlot High and Low: (Splendeurs Et Miseres Des Courtisanes)
fiction
 
A Murky Business
fiction
 
Colonel Chabert
fiction
 
Cousin Bette (La cousine Bette)
fiction
 
Eugenie Grandet
fiction
 
Lost Illusions
fiction
 
Old Goriot (Pere Goriot)
by Honoré de Balzac
fiction
 
Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau
fiction
 
Selected Short Stories of Honore De Balzac
by Honore de Balzac, Sylvia Raphael (Editor)
anthology, fiction
 
The Black Sheep: La Rabouilleuse
fiction
 
The Girl With the Golden Eyes
fiction
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Balzac
by Emile Faguet
biography
 
Balzac
by Stefan Zweig
biography
 
Honore de Balzac
by Harold Bloom (Editor), Pamela Loos
biography, literary analysis
 
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@ la lettre
This French-language website offers a biography, chronology of events in the author's life, and summaries of selected stories from La Comédie Humaine, including "Le Colonel Chabert," "Le Père Goriot," "Le Lys dans la vallée," and "Eugénie Grandet." With links to literary criticism and analysis and other resources.
Pegasos: Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850)
Find a biography, bibliography, and recommended biographical and critical reading. On The Human Comedy:

"In these books Balzac covered a world from Paris to Provinces. The primary landscape is Paris, with its old aristocracy, new financial wealth, middle-class trade, demi-monde, professionals, servants, young intellectuals, clerks, criminals... In this social mosaic Balzac had recurrent characters, such as Eugène Rastignac, who comes from an impoverished provincial family to Paris, mixes with the nobility, pursues wealth, has many mistresses, gambled, and has a successful politician. Henry de Marsay appeared in twenty-five different novels. There are many anecdotes about Balzac's relationship to his characters, who also lived in the author's imagination outside the novels. Once Balzac interrupted one of his friends, who was telling about his sister's illness, by saying: 'That's all very well, but let's get back to reality: to whom are we going to marry Eugénie Grandet?'"
The Human Comedy
Find an annotated index of links to stories from Balzac's The Human Comedy, with electronic text courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania's Online Books website.
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