Father Goriot by Honoré de Balzac

Le Père Goriot (English: Father Goriot or Old Goriot) is an 1835 novel by French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850), 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.

The 101st greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 26th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  2. - 41st on The 100 Greatest Novels (greatbooksguide.com)
  3. - 86th on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  4. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
  5. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  6. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)
  7. - W. Somerset Maugham’s Ten Greatest Novels of All Time (Great Novelists and Their Novels)
  8. - The New Lifetime Reading Plan (The New Lifetime Reading Plan)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Human Comedy, La Comedie Humaine, Volume 1: Father Goriot, the Chouans, Episode Under the Terror, Vendetta, the Recruit, the Red Inn, Thought and Hardcover 5842753 $69.99 $69.98 2013
Papa Goriot [Father Goriot] Audible Audiobook 150837 $3.95 2006
Father Goriot Paperback 8504417 $14.25 $9.55 2008
Le Père Goriot - Father Goriot - Vol 1 (of 2) [French & English Bilingual Edition] - Paragraph by Paragraph Translation (French Edition) Kindle Edition 448967 $3.99 2013
Old Father Goriot [Russian Edition] Audible Audio Edition 247334 $6.13 2014
Father Goriot - The Original Classic Edition Paperback 10027289 $10.23 $12.94 2012
Father Goriot (Large Print Edition) Hardcover 10657394 $31.49 $49.85 2008
Father Goriot (Illustrated) Kindle Edition 152148 $0.99 2013
Father Goriot Hardcover 835401 $27.92 $45.34 2008
Father Goriot Paperback 1016528 $6.19 2013
Father Goriot Kindle Edition 1517097 2012
Father Goriot Hardcover 4060837 $30.92 $46.60 2010