La Comédie humaine

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La Comédie humaine

La Comédie humaine (French pronunciation: ​[la kɔmedi: ymɛ:n], The Human Comedy) is the title of Honoré de Balzac's (1799–1850) multi-volume collection of interlinked novels and stories depicting French society in the period of the Restoration (1815–1830) and the July Monarchy (1830–1848). The Comédie humaine consists of 91 finished works (stories, novels or analytical essays) and 46 unfinished works (some of which exist only as titles). It does not include Balzac's five theatrical plays or his collection of humorous tales, the "Contes drolatiques" (1832–37). The title of the series is usually considered an allusion to Dante's Divine Comedy; while Ferdinand Brunetière, the famous French literary critic, suggests that it may stem from poems by Alfred de Musset or Alfred de Vigny. While Balzac sought the comprehensive scope of Dante, his title indicates the worldly, human concerns of a realist novelist. The stories are placed in a variety of settings, with characters reappearing in multiple stories.
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original title: La Comédie humaine
language: French
date of publication: 1830
genre: novella, short story, essay
characters: Eugène de Rastignac

Scènes from Private Life

ensemble de texte de la Comédie humaine ayant pour thème la vie domestique

author: Honoré de Balzac


Philosophical studies

partie de la Comédie humaine de Balzac

Analytical studies

part of La Comédie humaine

author: Honoré de Balzac

Studies of manners

principale partie le Comédie humaine

Une double famille

lengthy short story by Honoré de Balzac; first appeared in 1830 under the title La femme vertueuse; acquired its present title in 1842

author: Honoré de Balzac


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