Dominating these achievements were the novels of Honoré de Balzac, a French journalist and writer, who is regarded as one of the creators of realism in literature. Balzac's dream was to become a writer, and after publishing six novelettes entitled Scéne's de la Vie Privée, he came up with the idea to create an amazing work of literature entitled La Comédie Humain, which includes his masterpieces Le Pére Goriot, Les Illusions Perdues, Les Paysans, La Femme de Trente Ans, and Eugénie Grandet. Although this major task was never completed, it was a unique achievement, and comprised of 90 novels and novellas and featured more than 2,000 characters.
This unique program is an informative and entertaining look into the life and work of a giant of French literature, Honoré de Balzac.
Featuring:• Reconstructions of Balzac's life• Interpretation and analysis by Graham Robb, the leading authority on Balzac's life, Dr. Michele Hannoosh of St. Catherine's College, Cambridge and Dr. Richard Bolter of Bristol University.
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