Eugénie Grandet

Honoré de Balzac

Eugénie Grandet is a novel first published in 1833 by French author Honoré de Balzac. While writing it he conceived his ambitious project, The Human Comedy, and almost immediately prepared a second edition by revising the names of some of the characters such that Eugénie Grandet then fitted into the section: Scenes from provincial life (Scènes de la vie de province) in the Comédie. He dedicated the edition to Maria Du Fresnay his then lover and mother of his daughter, Marie-Caroline Du Fresnay, whom some regard as the "real" Eugénie Grandet.