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[bawl-zak, bal-; French bal-zak] /ˈbɔl zæk, ˈbæl-; French balˈzak/
Honoré de
[on-uh-rey duh;; French aw-naw-rey duh] /ˌɒn əˈreɪ də;; French ɔ nɔˈreɪ də/ (Show IPA),
1799–1850, French novelist. Unabridged
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  • For, as Balzac truly remarked, Chopin was less a musician than une ame qui se rend sensible.

  • It is as easy to sit in Shakespeare's brain and think from there, as it is from Balzac's.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • These are still under the illusion that Balzac is a wicked writer.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • I open, for example, any one of half a dozen French studies of Balzac.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • Balzac returns to this subject so often and so emphatically that one half believes him to be the victim of his own mystification.

British Dictionary definitions for Balzac


/ˈbælzæk; French balzak/
Honoré de (ɔnɔre də). 1799–1850, French novelist: author of a collection of novels under the general title La Comédie humaine, including Eugénie Grandet (1833), Le Père Goriot (1834), and La Cousine Bette (1846)
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