Creativity Honore de Balzac developed under the influence of French and English literary traditions. In addition, he was influenced by the works of mystic philosophers, in particular, the Swedish Theosophist E. Swedenborg.
Such a circle of reading formed the basis for the synthesis of romantic and realistic tendencies in Balzac’s prose. The idea of the collection of works within the framework of a single set of “Human Comedy” was inspired by romantic ideas about the artist-creator of his own artistic world and a realistic orientation to the broadest and fullest coverage of reality.
The author explained the general idea of the epic, “to embrace the whole history of modern mores in all details of life, in all strata of society,” in the