* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Balzac's life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels and other works
* The COMPLETE 'La ComÈdie humaine' in English translation
* The whole series is precisely organised into Balzac's plan
* Includes Balzac's introduction AVANT-PROPOS
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Famous works such as FATHER GORIOT, COUSIN BETTY, THE MAGIC SKIN and many more are illustrated with their original artwork
* Balzac's five plays
* Criticism section, with seven essays by writers such as Henry James and Leslie Stephen, evaluating Balzac's contribution to literature
* Features five biographies - discover in depth Balzac's literary life!
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
* Special CHARACTERS resource, with information on all members of the cast 'La Comédie humaine', with references to the novels and stories they appear in
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THE HUMAN COMEDY
THE HISTORY OF 'LA COM…DIE HUMAINE'
THE COMPLETE HUMAN COMEDY - OVER 110 NOVELS AND STORIES (too many to list)
The Short Stories
THE NAPOLEON OF THE PEOPLE
INTRODUCTION TO BALZAC'S DRAMAS by J. Walker McSpadden
THE RESOURCES OF QUINOLA
HONOR… DE BALZAC by Henry James
A LETTER, 1883 by Robert Louis Stevenson
BALZAC by John Cowper Powys
BALZAC'S NOVELS by Leslie Stephen
BALZAC by William Ernest Henley
BALZAC AS A DRAMATIST by Epiphanius Wilson
THE NOVEL by D. H. Lawrence
HONOR… DE BALZAC by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet
HONOR… DE BALZAC, HIS LIFE AND WRITINGS by Mary F. Sandars
BALZAC AND MADAME HANSKA by Elbert Hubbard
BALZAC by Frederick Lawton
WOMEN IN THE LIFE OF BALZAC by Juanita Helm Floyd
Glossary of Characters in 'La ComÈdie humaine'
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Originally published in serial form during the winter of 1834/35, Le Père Goriot is widely considered Balzac's most important novel. It marks the first serious use by the author of characters who had appeared in other books, a technique that distinguishes Balzac's fiction. The novel is also noted as an example of his realist style, using minute details to create character and subtext.
The novel takes place during the Bourbon Restoration, which brought profound changes to French society; the struggle by individuals to secure a higher social status is a major theme in the book. The city of Paris also impresses itself on the characters – especially young Rastignac, who grew up in the provinces of southern France. Balzac analyzes, through Goriot and others, the nature of family and marriage, providing a pessimistic view of these institutions.
The novel was released to mixed reviews. Some critics praised the author for his complex characters and attention to detail; others condemned him for his many depictions of corruption and greed. A favorite of Balzac's, the book quickly won widespread popularity and has often been adapted for film and the stage. It gave rise to the French expression "Rastignac", a social climber willing to use any means to better his situation.