by Honoré de Balzac
Eugénie Grandet is a 1833 novel by Honoré de Balzac. It is part of Scènes de la Vie de Province (Scenes from Provincial Life) series of La Comédie Humaine. It is one of the one of the earliest and most famous novels of Balzac.
The Grandet household, oppressed by the exacting miserliness of Grandet himself, is overexcited by the arrival of Eugénie's cousin Charles. Her emotional attachment and her love for her cousin antagonizes her father.
The backdrop is one of of provincial oppression, ine trade, and the workings of the financial system in the aftermath of the French Revolution. A truly classic.
About the Author
Honoré de Balzac (20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. In 1832, he conceived a project of writing a collection of books that would describe all aspects of society. Originally called Etudes des Mœurs (Study of Mores), it eventually became known as La Comédie Humaine, which became a slice of French life in the years after the fall of Napoleon.
Honoré de Balzac's attention to detail and realist representation of society earns him the title of one of the founders of realism in European literature. His characters are complex, and not easy to pigeonhole (like real life). He influenced writers such Marcel Proust, Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Gustave Flaubert, Henry James, William Faulkner, Jack Kerouac, and Italo Calvino.
Balzac suffered from poor health, poor finances, and personal difficulties all his life. In 1850 he married his longtime love and he died five months later, at the age of 51.
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