Honoré de Balzac Other Literary Forms

Other Literary Forms

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)
0111201516-Balzac.jpg Honoré de Balzac (Library of Congress) Published by Salem Press, Inc.

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.