The works of Honoré de Balzac V. XVII (1901), by Honoré de Balzac
V. 17- Vautrin ; The resources of Quinola and other stories. 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.