Balzac: A Biography Book Summary and Study Guide

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    Honore de Balzac was born in Tours in 1799. The family name did not include the 'de,' Balzac added that later in life because he thought it had more prestige. At seventeen he began to study law, but decided against a legal career three years later. He tried his hand at writing, and after an unsuccessful start, he began publishing regularly. A prolific writer, he published some three hundred works during the later part of his life.
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    Much interested in the ladies, he married a Russian Countess late in life and died a few months after the marriage in 1850.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   French


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   challenged If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   More 6-10 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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