The literary work of Balzac’s close friend is multi-faceted: novels, novellas, poetry, plays, press releases, reviews of salon gatherings, letters, even sheet music.
The Balzac House’s library works to integrate together all of the diversity of this body of work, from original editions to contemporary publications.
The Gautier-illustrated editions fulfills an important role in our Heritage Fund. Gifted with a spectacular artistic education and high status as a respected art critic, Gautier frequented a number of artists’ studios and was particularly interested in illustrating his own work. The most remarkable example remains his collaboration with Gustave Doré, in 1866, for Le Capitaine Fracasse. Gautier’s writings were chock full of picturesque descriptions that inspired illustrators of all schools of art.