Honoré de Balzac


Born
in Tours, France
May 20, 1799

Died
August 18, 1850

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Honoré de Balzac was a nineteenth-century French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of almost 100 novels and plays collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the fall of Napoléon Bonaparte in 1815.

Due to his keen observation of fine detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters; even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. Inanimate objects are imbued with character as well; the city of Paris, a backdrop for much of his writing, takes on many human qualities. His writing influenced many famous authors, incl
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Polls

May 2017 Old School Classic Poll

 
  62 votes, 18.3%

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  60 votes, 17.7%

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  51 votes, 15.0%

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  38 votes, 11.2%

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  31 votes, 9.1%

 
  28 votes, 8.3%

 
  21 votes, 6.2%

Germinal by Émile Zola, 1885, 592 pages
 
  18 votes, 5.3%

 
  16 votes, 4.7%

Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac, 1834, 370 pages
 
  12 votes, 3.5%

 
  2 votes, 0.6%

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