Unfinished Art Honore de Balzac's the Human Comedy

About the unfinished work of art Honore de Balzac's the Human Comedy, history and description of the piece.

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6. HONORE DE BALZAC: THE HUMAN COMEDY (begun 1829)

Balzac's vast picture of the life of his time, The Human Comedy, was planned to form a whole comprising three main categories: analytical studies, examining the principles governing human life; philosophical studies, probing causes for human actions; and studies of manners, divided into six types of scenes from life--private, provincial, Parisian, political, military, and rural. The finished work would have contained some 133 volumes. Writing 16 hours at a stretch, usually through the night, Balzac managed to complete more than 100 novels and short stories. The section on analytical studies remained undeveloped, and several other areas were slighted. But no other novelist, it is said, ever conceived such a gigantic scheme. His death at 50 prevented its completion.

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