Jacqueline Leung 10K Honoré de Balzac (May 20, 1799 – August 18, 1850) was a French novelist. Along with Flaubert, he is generally regarded as a founding father of realism in European literature. His large output of novels and stories, collectively entitled La Comédie humaine , is a broad panorama of French society in the period of the Restoration (1815-1830) and the July Monarchy (1830-1848). Works La Comédie humaine consists of 95 finished works (stories, novels or analytical essays) and 48 unfinished works (or which exist only as titles). It does not include Balzac's 5 theatrical plays or his collection of humorous tales, the Contes drolatiques (1832-37). Main article: La Comédie humaine Selected titles of La Comédie humaine: * (1831) La Peau de chagrin * (1833) Eugénie Grandet * (1835) Le Père Goriot  * (1837) Les Illusions perdues (I, 1837; II, 1839; III, 1843) * (1846) La Cousine Bette * (1847) Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes Plays: * Cromwell (1820) * Ressources de Quinola (1842)
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