Père Goriot


This hard cover book has a black cover with gilt lettering on the blue spine of the cover. Black and white drawing illustrations within the book. 281 pages. Book is in very good condition with light wear. 


Wikipedia: Père Goriot was included in the Scènes de la vie privée section of his novel sequence La Comédie humaine. Set in Paris in 1819, it follows the intertwined lives of three characters: the elderly doting Goriot; a mysterious criminal-in-hiding named Vautrin; and a naive law student named Eugène de Rastignac.

Originally published in serial form during the winter of 1834/35, Le Père Goriot is widely considered Balzac's most important novel. It marks the first serious use by the author of characters who had appeared in other books, a technique that distinguishes Balzac's fiction. The novel is also noted as an example of his realist style, using minute details to create character and subtext.


  • Père Goriot
  • Honoré de Balzac
  • Doubleday and Company, 1951