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Publication Order of Human Comedy Books

The Hidden Masterpiece (1831)Description / Buy at Amazon
History of the Thirteen (1833)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Old Maid, [and] the Cabinet of Antiquities (1833)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Illustrious Gaudissart (1833)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Celibates (1840)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Physiology of Marriage (1841)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Last Fay (1823)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Quest Of The Absolute (1834)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seraphita (1834)Description / Buy at Amazon
Melmoth réconcilié (1835)Description / Buy at Amazon
Father Goriot and M. Gobseck (1835)Description / Buy at Amazon
La Rabouilleuse (1840)Description / Buy at Amazon
Illusions perdues (1843)Description / Buy at Amazon
Le Cousin Pons (1847)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Country Parson (1896)Description / Buy at Amazon
About Catherine de Medici (1900)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eugénie Grandet (1914)Description / Buy at Amazon
Père Goriot (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cousin Bette (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Black Sheep (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Illusions (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wild Ass's Skin (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Unknown Masterpiece (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Old Goriot (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lily of the Valley (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Woman Of Thirty (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

My Journey from Paris to Java (1832)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

After Dinner Stories from Balzac (1832)Description / Buy at Amazon
The King's Sweetheart, The Maid of Thilouse, and The Reproach (1832)Description / Buy at Amazon
Juana, and the Red Inn (1833)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Napolean of the People and El Verdugo (With: Ellen Marriage,Clara Bell) (1833)Description / Buy at Amazon
Massimilla Doni and Le Chef D'Oeuvre Inconnu (1839)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of the Napoleonic Era (1841)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Tragedy by the Sea and Other Stories (1842)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Marriage Settlement, And, Modeste Mignon: And Other Stories (1844)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Member For Arcis, The Seamy Side Of History, And Other Stories Part 2 (With: George Saintsbury) (1847)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Atheist's Mass, and Other Stories (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ten Droll Tales (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Domestic Peace (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Commission in Lunacy, and Pierre Grassou (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Exiles, and Other Short Stories (With: Clara Ball) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Celibates And Other Stories (With: George Saintsbury,Clara Bell) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
At The Sign Of The Cat And Racket / The Ball At Sceaux / The Purse / Madame Firmiani / Pierrette (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Honore de Balzac, Vol. 8: Provincial Life (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magic Skin. the Hidden Masterpiece (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Country Parsonand Albert Savaron (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Chouans; The Gondreville Mystery, and Other Stories (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Treatise on Elegant Living (1830)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Les Illusions Perdues Books

Two Poets. Lost illusions part 1 (1837)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of La Comédie Humaine Books

Gobseck (1830)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Second Home (1830)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sarrasine (1830)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Episode Under The Terror (1830)Description / Buy at Amazon
Study of a Woman (1830)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Red Inn (1831)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Recruit (1831)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magic Skin (1831)Description / Buy at Amazon
Colonel Chabert (1832)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vicar Of Tours (1832)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Drama on the Seashore (1834)Description / Buy at Amazon
Father Goriot (1835)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Daughter Of Eve (1838)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scenes from a Courtesan's Life (1838)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beatrix (1838)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Village Rector (1839)Description / Buy at Amazon
Catherine De Medici (1841)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Two Brothers (1842)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Man of Business (1844)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unconscious Comedians (1846)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Chouans (1929)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

65 Great Tales Of Horror(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
50 Classic Novellas(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dover Anthology of Cat Stories(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writers: Their Lives and Works(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Classic Cat Stories(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Honore De Balzac was a French playwright and novelist who is famously known for the La Comedie Humaine book series. Due to his keen observation of details and an altered representation of society, Honore de Balzac is regarded as one of the main founders of realism in literature. Balzac is renowned for his unique and complex characters. In fact, his supporting characters are also exceedingly unique and complex, fully human and morally ambiguous. Furthermore, his inanimate objects are also filled with character, especially the city of Paris that the author gives human like qualities. Balzac’s work has influenced so many renowned authors such as Charles Dickens, Emela Zola, Jack Kerouac, Henry James and Akira Kurosawa. A majority of his works have been adapted into a screenplay.

A year after he was under the care of a wet-nurse, Balzac joined his sister with whom they spent more than four years away from home. During this period, wet-nurses were exceedingly popular, though many authors encouraged mothers to take care of their children. Upon returning home with his sister, Balzac did not spend enough time, with his parents, and thus, he was greatly affected. When he was ten years old, Honore de Balzac was sent to Oratorian Grammar school. He attended the school for seven years. Seeking to instill the same working ethics, which had allowed him to gain self-esteem, Balzac’s father used to intentionally give him less spending money. This, in turn, made the boy an easy target for bullying and ridicule.

As an independent and enthusiastic thinker, Honore de Balzac had trouble adjusting to the school’s teaching style. Balzac’s strong-minded nature caused him lots of trouble and also frustrated his ambitions to succeed in the world of business. Once he finished school, Honore de Balzac worked as a clerk. However, it did not take long before Balzac was disappointed with banal routine and inhumane nature of the job. During his career as an author, Honore de Balzac tried to be a printer, publisher, politician, and critic. However, Honore de Balzac failed completely in all these lines of work. In one of his works, Honore de Belzac reflects on his real-life challenges and has even included scenes from his life.

Pere Giriot

Of late the word drama has constantly been discredited; not only has the word been twisted but it has also been overworked. However, Honore de Balzac has done some great justice to the word drama, by authoring this outstanding novel, Pere Giriot. The storyline in this book is focused on two main characters, Eugene Rastignac a young student and Father Goriot. Goriot and Rastignac live together in one of the boarding houses in Paris, though separated by an exceedingly thin wall. Goriot is a father to lovely daughters, both of whom are married while Rastignac is still dependent on his parents. This book has everything from intrigue and murder through Vautrin, one of the characters in the book. Pere Giriot also has humor with the author using humorous conversations and banter.

Just like King Lear, Father Goriot loved his two daughters; however, he was still not successful in controlling them. In the end, they managed to drain him all of his wealth while constantly refusing to visit him even when he was on his deathbed. The author has done an excellent job of portraying how tailoring was considered to be a highly successful career; thus it made most men exceedingly successful.

The women who loved the high life were constantly fighting economic desperation, fighting unfaithful and stingy husbands and pawning jewelry. Eugene Ratignac is somehow fascinated and repulsed by the high society just like the way Balzac is. Honore de Balzac manages to pour himself enthusiastically into the story. Furthermore, the author has also managed to paint thousands of portraits in his literary works. With that said, the author has managed to capture an exceedingly important topic, the want for money, which was and still is an important theme. The author’s bejeweled rich and accurate descriptions are exceedingly wonderful especially when he was describing the boarding house and the impecunious mansion at the very beginning.

Letters of the Two Brides

This is an epistolary novel and is the third book in the La Comedie Humane series by Honore de Balzac. This installment was first serialized and published, by La Presse, a French newspaper in the year, 1841. Letters of the Two Brides is a story about two French women, Louise and Renee who eventually become close friends while working at the Carmelite convent. Once they leave Covent, they take different paths. Louise follows a life that is full of romance whereas Renee takes a logical approach. However, through their correspondence their relationship is preserved; hence it continues throughout the years. Louise is expected to take the veil. However, she refuses to sacrifice herself. By good luck, her dying mother intervenes and donates her fortune. By doing this, she rescues Louise from an enclosed life and leaves her financially independent. Since she has the ability to assist her brothers without necessarily having to give up on her ambitions, Louise decides to settle in Paris and decides to indulge herself in Paris’s opera life, romantic intrigue and masque balls.

While working at the Operas, Lose falls in love with Felipe Henarez, a noble Spaniard. Expelled from Spain, Felipe lives in Paris and survives by teaching the residents Spanish. When Felipe regains his noble standing and fortune, he successfully woes Louise. It does not take long before the two, get married and lead a carefree life. Unlike Louise who believes in romance, Renee’s attitude towards romance is very different. Once she left the convent, Renee moved to Provence where she married an older man for his wealth and not out of love. Renee gives birth to three children and over the years that followed, she devoted her soul and body to her family. As time went by, Renee learned to love her husband, and through Renee’s encouragement, the man can make a name for himself in the local politics. The man eventually becomes a peer of France.

With that said, the letter of the two brides is an exceptionally written drama. It is a story about friendship, marriage, and love. The author’s style of writing is exceptional, thus if you haven’t read any of his books before, you are going to fall in love with the author.

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