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Classical Contributors
Balzac, Honore De
Euripides
Fletcher, John
Hofmansthal, Hugo von
Marivaux, Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de
Molière, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin de
Racine, Jean
Regnard, Jean-François
Rostand, Edmond
Schnitzler, Arthur
Shakespeare, William
Stendahl
Zola, Emile


Original Contributors
Castellano, Deborah
Gilbert-Hill, Richard
Lindsay, Barbara
Podgorski, Leigh
Ripley, David
Thomas, Freyda
Balzac, Honore De

Honore de Balzac (he added the "de", he was not a noble), was born in 1800 and died in 1850 of caffeine poisoning. Without the aid of a computer, or even a typewriter, he wrote over 100 novels, (The Human Comedy) between midnight and 6 AM during the last 20 years of his life, after trying to be a dramatist (and failing miserably). He would drink cup after cup of thick Turkish coffee and write furiously on sheets of blue paper by candlelight, always only a few steps ahead of his creditors (he was a shopaholic). The tapestry of character and detail of environment he wove are unparalleled among the novelists of his time, or any other. It could be argued that he was the French Dickens. He, however, never married and left no progeny. His most famous works include Pere Goriot, Eugenie Grandet and Cousin Bette, from which a mediocre movie was recently made.

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