The Atheists Mass By Hore De Balzac Translated by Clara Bell Hore de Balzac, 20 May 1799 - 18 August 1850, was a French velist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and vels collectively entitled La Comedie humaine, which presents a parama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He is rewned for his multifaceted characters, who are morally ambiguous. His writing influenced many subsequent velists such as Marcel Proust, Emile Zola, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, ECa de Queiros, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Gustave Flaubert, Benito Perez Galdos, Marie Corelli, Henry James, William Faulkner, Jack Kerouac, and Italo Calvi, and philosophers such as Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx. Many of Balzac's works have been made into or have inspired films, and they are a continuing source of inspiration for writers, filmmakers and critics.