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Le Père Goriot

by Honore de Balzac

Le Père Goriot is widely considered Balzac's most important novel. This is the story of the relationship between a doting father and his two adult daughters. Blinded by his love for his children, Père Goriot...

Selected Short Stories (Dual-Language)

by Honore de Balzac

6 short-story masterpieces by great French novelist include "An Episode During the Terror," "A Passion in the Desert," "The Revolutionary Conscript," 3 more. Excellent new English translations on facing pages....

The Human Comedy: Selected Stories

by Honore de Balzac, Linda Asher & Peter Brooks

An NYRB Classics Original

Characters from every corner of society and all walks of life—lords and ladies, businessmen and military men, poor clerks,  unforgiving moneylenders, aspiring politicians, artists,...

The Duchesse of Langeais

by Honore de Balzac

In The Duchesse of Langeais, Honore De Balzac tells us the story of an ill-fated love affair between a Parisian socialite and a Napoleonic war hero. The depth of character is astonishing and the writing superb....


by Honore de Balzac

The five-foot-high Grandet allows his avaricious passion to thwart his daughter, Eugenie's, love in the classic work of social satire, carnal desire, greed, and obsession. 

The Girl with the Golden Eyes

by Honore de Balzac & Charlotte Mandell

When the night came, he went to the meeting-place, and quietly let himself be blindfolded.

Raw as Honoré de Balzac is famed to be, this daring novella—never before published as a stand-alone book—is perhaps...

Eugenie Grandet

by Honore de Balzac


Books shape our lives and transform the way we see ourselves and each other. The best books are...


by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

The longish short story "Adieu" is an excerpt from Honore de Balzac's sweeping masterpiece The Human Comedy. A ghost story of sorts, this tragic tale recounts the blossoming romance of two lovers whose relationship...

The Alkahest: Or

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

Regarded by many critics as one of Honore de Balzac's foremost literary achievements, the novel The Alkahest offers an incisive look at the dangers of obsession. Scientist Balthazar Claes begins his research...

Analytical Studies: Physiology of Marriage and Petty Troubles of Married Life

by Honore de Balzac

This section of The Human Comdedy, the multi-volume series of stories, tales, and essays that comprised most Honore de Balzac's life's work, focuses on love and marriage as they existed in early nineteenth-century...

Another Study of Woman

by Honore de Balzac, Ellen Marriage & Clara Bell

"Another Study of Woman" is a narrative hovering between a short story and a novella in terms of length, extracted from Honore de Balzac's multi-volume masterpiece The Human Comedy. At a private dinner party,...

Albert Savarus

by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

An extract from Honore de Balzac's vast story cycle The Human Comedy, the novel Albert Savarus details the dramatic twists and turns in a budding love affair between Albert, a young lawyer with literary ambitions,...

The Atheist's Mass

by Honore de Balzac & Clara Bell

"The Atheist's Mass" is a short story from the "Scenes From Private Life" section of Honore de Balzac's story cycle The Human Comedy. One day, the narrator happens to see one of his acquaintances, a prominent...

At the Sign of the Cat and Racket

by Honore de Balzac & Clara Bell

This novel is part of the Scenes of Private Life section of Honore de Balzac's sweeping saga The Human Comedy. Renowned artist Theodore de Sommervieux falls head-over-heels in love with the beautiful, refined...

The Ball at Sceaux

by Honore de Balzac & Clara Bell

One of the earliest pieces Balzac penned for his sweeping story cycle The Human Comedy, this novella is found in the Scenes of Private Life section of the series. Social climber Emilie de Fontaine is a petulant...


by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

Honore de Balzac excelled at creating unforgettable characters, but most of his creations were works of pure fiction. Many critics have asserted that the novel Beatrix is a roman a clef depicting the life of...


by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

This fascinating novel from French master Honore de Balzac was published just as the age of bureaucracy was kicking into high gear in the mid-nineteenth century. Balzac delves deeply into the labyrinthine workings...

Christ in Flanders

by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

This short tale is part of the "Philosophical Studies" section of Honore de Balzac's The Human Comedy. Almost fable-like in tone, it recounts a boat ride carrying a group of passengers that represent a broad...

The Collection of Antiquities

by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

In this novel, one of the last vestiges of a genteel family, the Marquis d'Esgrignon, tries to navigate the new social and cultural landscape that has emerged in France's post-revolutionary period. Even though...

The Brotherhood of Consolation

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

French playwright and novelist Honore de Balzac is at his best when he is describing the chaotic tumult of big city life in nineteenth-century Europe. In The Brotherhood of Consolation, he focuses on a secret...