Honore de Balzac

Honore de Balzac (by Louis-Auguste Bisson)
Honore de Balzac was born in Tours, May 20 in 1799, into a peasant family of Languedoc. At first he intended to become a lawyer, he studied at the Paris School of Law, while working at the notary clerk. Soon, however, decided to give up a career lawyer in favor of literature. Since 1823, he actively publishes novels in the spirit of "violent romanticism" under various pseudonyms.

Only in 1829 the first signs the novel "Chouans" to its name. "The scenes of private life", "Elixir of Longevity" story "Gobsek" attracted a lot of attention from critics and the general public. In 1831, Balzac published his philosophical novel "shagreen skin" and begins the novel "The Thirty Years woman." As established in the early years of his literary activity works depict the diverse field of contemporary French life: the village, province, Paris. In the works of Balzac describes the different social groups — the merchants, the aristocracy, the clergy, and various social institutions — the family, the state, the army.

Close Balzac was a multi-volume work "The Human Comedy", on which he began work in 1834 and continued until his death. It includes a re-written and revised early works. The purpose of Balzac — to create an art history and philosophy of his time. And he succeeded ...

In the last year of his life Balzac was married to Evelina Hanska — his longtime love. But the marriage was not to last long.

Honore de Balzac died on August 18 in 1850 in Paris.