About the author
Honoré de Balzac (May 20, 1799- August 18, 1850), was a French nov-elist.He was born in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France in the ruede l’Armée Italienne.He would become one of the creators of Realism in litera-ture, though his work is still largely in the tradition of FrenchLiterary Romanticism. His
La Comédie humaine
) spanned more than 90 novels and short stories in anattempt to comprehend and depict the realities of life in mod-ern bourgeois France.Balzac’s work habits are legendarily intimidating - he wrotefor up to 15 hours a day, fuelled by innumerable cups of black coffee. Because of this extraordinarily large output, many of the novels display minor imperfections and in some casesoutright careless writing.Several, however, are widely recognized to be masterpieces:
La peau de chagrinCousine Bette Le père Goriot Eugènie Grandet Les illusions perdues
Balzac’s realistic prose and his strength as an encyclopedicrecorder of his age outshine any small detracting qualities of his style to make him a Dickensian bastion of French litera-ture.Balzac is buried in Le Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris,France. He is commemorated by a monumental statue whichAuguste Rodin was commissioned to sculpt.