Reference Works

Honoré de Balzac by George Saintsbury
(The Author and his Works included in Volume I of The Works of Honoré de Balzac)

List of Biographies and reference books or articles available in English. If you know of others, please let us know.

Free ebooks are also available in numerous formats from Project Gutenberg or elsewhere for these works:

Other reference works:

  • Aspects of Balzac by W. H. Helm (1905)
  • Balzac by Graham Robb, 1994
  • Balzac by Stefan Zweig, translated by William and Dorothy Rose
  • Balzac by V. S. Pritchett
  • Balzac, Michael Tilby, ed. (London: Addison-Wesley, 1995)
  • Balzac A Critical Study by Hippolyte Adolphe Taine, translated, with an Appreciation of Taine by Lorenzo O’Rourke
  • Balzac and His Reader (A Study of the Creation of Meaning in La Comedie humaine) by Mary Susan McCarthy
  • Balzac and His World by Felicien Marceau, translated by Derek Coltman
  • Balzac and the Drama of Perspective by Joan Dargan
  • Balzac and the French Revolution by Ronnie Butler
  • Balzac and the Human Comedy by Phillippe Bertault
  • Balzac As He Should Be Read: The Comedie Humaine arranged in logical order of reading according to Time of Action by William Hobart Royce
  • Balzac, Baudelaire, and the Popularization of Swedenborgianism in France by Lynn Rosellen Wilkinson (Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley, 1983)
  • Balzac’s Comedy of Words by Martin Kanes
  • Balzac’s Omelette by Anka Muhlstein (Jim’s review) (Guy’s review) (Excerpt 1) (Excerpt 2)
  • Balzac’s Recurring Characters by Anthony R. Pugh
  • Balzac’s Shorter Fictions: Genesis and Genre by Tim Farrant
  • Balzac The European by E. J. Oliver
  • La Comedie Humaine of Honoré de Balzac (Synopses) by Edward J. Golda, Ph.D.
  • The Correspondence of Honoré de Balzac translated by C. Lamb Kenney, Two Volumes
  • Critical Essays on Honore de Balzac by Martin Kanes
  • The Evolution of Balzac’s Comedie Humaine, E. Preston Dargon and Bernard Weinsberg, editors
  • Evolution, Sacrifice, and Narrative – Balzac, Zola, and Faulker by Carol Colatrella
  • Honoré de Balzac by Diana Festa-McCormick
  • Honoré de Balzac by E. J. Oliver
  • Honoré de Balzac by Ferdinand Brunetiere, translated by Robert Louis Sanderson
  • Honoré de Balzac, A Biography by Herbert J. Hunt
  • Honoré de Balzac and the Dedicatees of La Comedie Humaine by Edward J. Golda, Ph.D.
  • The Letters of Honoré de Balzac to Madame Hanska, translated by Katharine Prescott Wormeley
  • The Melodramatic Imagination by Peter Brooks
  • The Prodigal Genius: The Life and Times of Honoré de Balzac by by Noel B. Gerson
  • Prometheus The Life of Balzac by Andre Maurois, translated by Norman Denny
  • The Question of Our Speech; The Lessons of Balzac: Two Lectures by Henry James (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1905)
  • Real Time: Accelerating Real Time from Balzac to Zola by David F. Bell
  • Studies in Balzac’s Realism by E. Preston Dargan, W. L Crain and Others
  • Toward Balzac by Harry Levin
  • The Unpublished Correspondence of Honoré de Balzac and Madame Zulma Carraud 1829-1850, translated by J. Lewis May

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