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Honoré Balzac was born in Tours, France in 1799. In 1814, he moved to Paris, eventually studying law, and working in a lawyer's office. Throughout the 1820s he tried to start up a career in journalism and printing, and he lost a lot of money.

In 1829, he published his first two novels, and went on to write many more stories. He changed his last name to "de Balzac", and he became quite popular in the good way. He wrote over 90 stories over these happy years, married in 1850, and died three months later.

Some books written by Honoré de Balzac

Cousin Bette
Eugénie Grandet
Père Goriot

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