Honoré de Balzac, Le Colonel Chabert [Colonel Chabert]

Andrew Watts (University of Birmingham)
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Le Colonel Chabert

is one of Balzac's most enduring achievements, a story of military life, private tragedy and legal chicanery that offers multiple points of contrast and convergence with the rest of its author's vast literary output. The text was first published in a literary review,


, from 19 February to 12 March 1832, under the title

La Transaction

. Two months later, it appeared again, this time without Balzac's permission, in the Saint Petersburg

Revue étrangère

, and again, in October 1832, as part of a collected volume of short fictions, for which it was renamed

Le Comte Chabert


Count Chabert

]. Furious that others had abused his intellectual property in this way, Balzac launched court proceedings to regain full control and ownership of his work. Having won the case (and…

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Citation: Watts, Andrew. "Le Colonel Chabert". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 August 2008 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=24832, accessed 13 April 2024.]

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