Author: Honoré de Balzac (translated by Katharine Prescott Wormeley)
Publisher: Dodo Press
Published: 2006 (first published 1834)
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Honoré de Balzac (1799 – 1850) was a French author. Along with Flaubert, he is generally regarded as a founding-father of realism in European fiction. His large output of works, collectively entitled The Human Comedy (La Comédie Humaine), consists of 95 finished works (stories, novels and essays) and 48 unfinished works. Balzac entered the mainstream with The Magic Skin (La Peau de Chagrin) (1831), a fable-like tale delineating the excesses and vanities of contemporary life. His subsequent works began to shape themselves into a broad canvas depicting the turbulent unfolding of destinies amidst the visible finery and squalor of Paris, and the dramas hidden under the surface of respectability in the quieter world of provincial family life. The Human Comedy does not include his five theatrical plays or Droll Stories (Les Contes Drolatiques) (1832 – 1837).