The works of Honoré de Balzac V.VII (1901), by Honoré de Balzac
V. 7- Béatrix ; The jealousies of a country town ; The commission in lunacy . The Original Books Collection. Honoré de Balzac (20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled, La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon.