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Honoré de Balzac Collection


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850

Honoré de Balzac was a celebrated nineteenth-century French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus, a sequence of almost 100 novels and plays collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, presents a panorama of French life in the years after the fall of Napoléon Bonaparte in 1815.

The collection consists mainly of photostats of correspondence between Balzac and his mother, Madame Surville, and the editor Hippolyte Souverain. In addition, there are miscellaneous passages from his books Physiologie du Mariage and L'Album Historique et Anecdote, and photostats of architectural plans and views of the Hotel de Balzac.


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Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '15 in 2013.

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence of de Balzac with Madame Surville and Hippolyte Souverain, 1828-1850. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Architectural Plans and Views of Hotel de Balzac, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Passages from L'Album Historique et Anecdotique and Physiologie du Mariage, 1827-1829. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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