Other Literary Forms
Although he was an accomplished short-story writer, Honoré de Balzac is famous above all as a novelist. Between 1829 and 1850, he created a series of more than ninety interconnected novels with recurring characters. In 1841, he gave this collection of novels the general title of La Comédie humaine (1829-1848; The Human Comedy, 1895-1896, 1911). He was also a prolific essayist, and he wrote five plays, which enjoyed some popular success during his lifetime, but have long since fallen into oblivion.