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A Week in Literary History

May 20th, 2002

French novelist Honoré de Balzac (La Comédie humaine) is born in Tours, 1799.

balzacbynadarHonoré de Balzac, b. May 20, 1799, d. 1850

Often called the Dickens of France, Balzac surpassed the English novelist in the breadth of his national portrait, and did so in a thoroughly unsentimental manner. He was truly a bridge between the comic realism of Dickens and the naturalism of Zola. To dip into his monumental 91-volume La Comédie humaine is to be repeatedly astonished at the psychological and sociological insight of so fecund a writer.

Suggested Reading Novels Eugénie Grandet, 1833. Le Père Goriot, 1835. La Femme de trente ans, 1829-1842. La Cousine Bette, 1846. Le Cousin Pons, 1847. Tales Contes drolatiques, 1832-37.

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