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Maison de Balzac

  • 47 rue Raynouard Map It
  • Passy-Auteuil
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Updated 02/19/2014

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Literature aficionados can visit the modest home of the great French 19th-century novelist Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850), which contains exhibits charting his tempestuous yet prolific career. Balzac penned nearly 100 novels and stories known collectively as The Human Comedy, many of them set in Paris. You can still feel his presence in his study and pay homage to his favorite coffeepot—his working hours were fueled by a tremendous consumption of the "black ink."

He would escape his creditors by exiting the flat through a secret passage that led down to what is now the Musée du Vin.

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47 rue Raynouard, Paris, 75016, France

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Sight Details:

  • Free; temporary exhibitions €4
  • Tues.–Sun. 10–6 (last entry 5:30); closed Mon.

Updated 02/19/2014


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