Honoré de Balzac

[[Daguerreotype]] taken in 1842 Honoré de Balzac ( , more commonly , ; born Honoré Balzac; 20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. The novel sequence ''La Comédie humaine'', which presents a panorama of post-Napoleonic French life, is generally viewed as his ''magnum opus''.

Owing to his keen observation of 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 writers, including the novelists Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, and Henry James, filmmaker François Truffaut, and philosophers such as Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx. Many of Balzac's works have been made into films and continue to inspire other writers.

An enthusiastic reader and independent thinker as a child, Balzac had trouble adapting to the teaching style of his grammar school. His willful nature caused trouble throughout his life and frustrated his ambitions to succeed in the world of business. When he finished school, Balzac was apprenticed in a law office, but he turned his back on the study of law after wearying of its inhumanity and banal routine. Before and during his career as a writer, he attempted to be a publisher, printer, businessman, critic, and politician; he failed in all of these efforts. ''La Comédie Humaine'' reflects his real-life difficulties, and includes scenes from his own experience.

Balzac suffered from health problems throughout his life, possibly owing to his intense writing schedule. His relationship with his family was often strained by financial and personal drama, and he lost more than one friend over critical reviews. In 1850, Balzac married Ewelina Hańska, a Polish aristocrat and his longtime love; he died in Paris five months later.

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Obras completas
Biblioteca Mayor
by Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850
Published 1967
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Eugenia Grandet
Biblioteca Mayor
by Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850
Published 1902
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Honoré Mirouet
Biblioteca Mayor
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by Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850
Published 1876
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by Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850
Published 1882
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by Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850
Published 1943
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by Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850
Published 1952
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La Comedie humaine
Filosofía y Humanidades / Psicología
by Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850
Published 1947
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Le cousin Pons
Filosofía y Humanidades / Psicología
by Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850
Published 1973
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La piel de zapa / ?4cBalzac
Filosofía y Humanidades / Psicología
by Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850
Published 1967
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La obra maestra deconocida
Filosofía y Humanidades / Psicología
by Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850
Published 1976
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Viaje de un león africano a Paris y otros cuentos
Filosofía y Humanidades / Psicología
by Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850
Published 1981
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Modeste Mignon
Facultad de Lenguas
by Balzac, Honoré de 1799-1850
Published 1982
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Les Chouans
Facultad de Lenguas
by Balzac, Honoré de 1799-1850
Published 1985
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Eugénie Grandet
Facultad de Lenguas
by Balzac, Honoré de 1799-1850
Published 1947
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Eugenia Grandet
Filosofía y Humanidades / Psicología
by Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850
Published 1944
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Eugenia Grandet
Filosofía y Humanidades / Psicología
by Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850
Published 1983
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La duquesa de Langeais
Biblioteca Mayor
by Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850
Published 1943
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César Birotteau
Filosofía y Humanidades / Psicología
by Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850
Published 1982
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