Originally published in the early 1920's as part of a series, The Works of Honore De Balzac is a superb collection, which includes:. A Daughter of Eve. The Unconscious Mummers. A Prince of Bohemia. A Man of Business. Gaudissart II. The Firm of Nucingen. Each novella, expertly prefaced by George Saintsbury, displays Balzac's genius for short imaginative prose. Journalist and writer HONORE DE BALZAC (1799−1850) is considered one of the masters of realism in Western literature. A prodigious creator of novels and short stories, Balzac's literary masterpieces include Le Pere Goriot, Les Illusions Perdues, Les Paysans, La Femme de Trente Ans, and Eugenie Grandet.