"It is said that Balzac on his deathbed"

Honoré de Balzac
Public DomainHonoré de Balzac - Credit: Louis-Auguste Bisson
Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) was a French playwright and author.  His great work, La Comédie humaine, consisted of nearly a hundred novels, plays and short stories, filled with a multitude of complex, multi-faceted characters reflecting the nature of life in Paris after Napoleon.