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Maison de Balzac Museum

Honoré de Balzac was one of the great French writers who was born in 1799. 

Although his childhood was not for him exceedingly pleasant, nor were the business ventures that unfortunately ended up collapsing and put him in tremendous debt, he ended up becoming a great French novelist and playwright, with his most famous works being a sequence of almost 100 novels and plays collectively entitled La Comédie Humaine.

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Many of Honoré de Balzac's works have since been made into films and he is now regarded as one of the founders of realism within literature, which has continued to inspire writers even to this day.

There is only the one house still standing in Paris where Balzac lived and nestled on the hillside of the ancient village of Passy near to the Bois de Boulogne, he occupied this house from 1840 to 1847.

Honoré de Balzac fled to this house after his possessions were seized through his debts and he rented it in his housekeeper's name to avoid his creditors.  In fact, just to get to see him you would have to provide a password and if a creditor came to the door he would go out though a different exit to escape them.

It was in this particular house in his office that he wrote some of his last works and masterpieces like La Cousine Bette and completely corrected the whole works of Comedie Humaine, which is a collection of stories, many of which were set in Paris.

Honoré de Balzac married very late in life and it was only five months after his wedding that he died.  He had become a friend with Victor Hugo and Victor had visited him that day on 18th August when he died, and he also served as a pallbearer.

Many people including virtually all writers in Paris attended Honoré de Balzac's funeral and he was laid to rest at the Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise in Paris.

Auguste Rodin, the French sculptor featured Honoré de Balzac in some of his small sculptures and Auguste also produced a statue of Honoré, which stands near the intersection of Boulevard Raspail and Boulevard Montparnasse.

The Maison de Balzac museum is like taking a step back in time with displays of personal souvenirs, paintings, etchings and other objects that were from his contemporaries and those close to him.

Plus you can get to view a large number of original manuscripts and illustrations.

Probably one of the most notable memento's is Honoré de Balzac's kettle, which he named the screeching owl and kept hot throughout the nights whilst working on La Comédie Humaine.

Also within this museum, you will be able to see lots of characatures of Honoré de Balzac along with his original writing desk, chair and his reference library, which holds some of his original works.

Even if you had not ever heard of this writer, it is an interesting quaint museum of memorabilia from this prolific writer in a residence that is so very rare to exist these days and you can even see the Eiffel Tower from the tranquil garden.

Maison de Balzac is one of three main literary museums in Paris, the other two are the Maison de Victor Hugo and the Musee de la Vie Romantique.

The Maison de Balzac Museum is open every day except on a Monday and on holidays from 10am through to 5pm.

Address & Contact Details:

Maison de Balzac
47 Rue Raynouard

Telephone: 1 55 74 41 80

Maison de Balzac

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