Plagued throughout his life by doomed romances, ill health and debt, 19th-century French writer Honore de Balzac broke new ground with his "suprarealistic" depictions of everyday life and his monumental series of novels "The Human Comedy." Learn about his art and his stormy private life in this compelling program. 50 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Honore de Balzac had a troubled life; afflicted by illness, women and debt, but overcame these difficulties to create an amazing work of literature entitled the Human Comedy. It was intended to consist of 143 separate novels, and although it was never completed, it was an unique achievement.