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Honore de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) was a French novelist and playwright active during the mid-19th century. Balzac made attempts at many professions, including publishing, business, politics, and law, before he found his best fit as a writer. Balzac was very dedicated to his work, often writing for fifteen hours a day. Because of his attention to detail and unfiltered representation of reality, Balzac is regarded as the founder of realism within the European literary canon.