Albert Savarus is part of the Private Life (Scènes de la Vie de Privée) subseries of La Comédie Humaine. It appeared in sixty headed chapters in the Siécle for May and June 1842, and then was incorporated into La Comédie Humaine
Albert Savarus, with its embedded story of L'Ambitieux par Amour (something of an oddity for Balzac, who often puts a story within a story, but less formally than this), contains various appeals, and shows not a few of its author's well-known interests in politics, in affairs, in newspapers, not to mention the enumerations of dots and fortunes which he never could refuse himself.
Balzac depicted here a girl full of character, individuality, and life. It was apparently necessary that Rosalie should be made not wholly amiable in order to obtain this accession of wits and force, and to be freed from the fatal gift of candeur, the curse of the French ingénue.