The Middle Classes

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The Middle Classes  (1854) 
by Honoré de Balzac, translated by Katharine Prescott Wormeley
Original French title: "Les Petits Bourgeois", also translated as "The Lesser Bourgeoise". Unfinished by Balzac, but completed by Charles Rabou and published posthumously in 1854. Included as part of La Comédie humaine.

Dedication

Part I: THE LESSER BOURGEOIS OF PARIS

Part II: THE PARVENUS

Translator's Note

Addendum

This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.