Honoré de Balzac

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Honoré de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac (May 20, 1799 – August 18, 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. The novel sequence La Comédie Humaine, which presents a panorama of post-Napoleonic French life, is generally viewed as his magnum opus. His writing influenced many famous writers, including the novelists Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Jack Kerouac and Henry James, as well as important philosophers such as Friedrich Engels.

Some of his writings were influenced by Emanuel Swedenborg,[1] and Mme. Blavatsky called him "the unconscious Occultist of French literature."[2]


  1. Writers Influenced by Swedenborg
  2. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine vol. I, (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1993), 66.