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Guy de Maupassant
Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant was a popular French writer, considered one of the fathers of the modern short story and one of the form's finest exponents. Maupassant was a protégé of Flaubert and his stories are characterized by economy of style and efficient, effortless dénouements... show more
Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant was a popular French writer, considered one of the fathers of the modern short story and one of the form's finest exponents.

Maupassant was a protégé of Flaubert and his stories are characterized by economy of style and efficient, effortless dénouements (outcomes). Many are set during the Franco-Prussian War of the 1870s, describing the futility of war and the innocent civilians who, caught up in events beyond their control, are permanently changed by their experiences. He wrote some 300 short stories, six novels, three travel books, and one volume of verse. His first published story, "Boule de Suif" ("Ball of Fat", 1880), is often considered his masterpiece.
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Birth date: August 05, 1850
Died: July 06, 1893
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Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it 1 year ago
An anthology of French Christmas short stories, from 19th century classics to contemporary, up to and including stories published in 2017. "Nobody does Christmas like the French" is, of course, monumental sales hyperbole (and that's not even taking into account the ubiquitous non-French usual suspe...
Gatta ci cova
Gatta ci cova rated it 3 years ago
Nel 1887 Maupassant inizia a scrivere Pierre e Jean, che realizzerà in soli due mesi, cogliendo spunto da un reale accadimento. Un amico ha ricevuto in eredità una somma notevole da un frequentatore della di lui famiglia. Pare che il padre di quest’amico fosse vecchio e sua madre giovane e bella. No...
Url Phantomhive
Url Phantomhive rated it 3 years ago
Femme Fatale combines the title story and three other short stories from French author Guy de Maupassant. I can only say that they felt rather explicit and openly contained lesbianism which quite surprised me since it was being written in Victorian times. Something else I notices was that it had a F...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 3 years ago
Feb 2017 NYRB Book Club SelectionI enjoy Maupassant's short stories, and this was the first longer work of his that I read. At times, I felt it was almost too long, but it is an excellent look at love and value.
Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it 4 years ago
This is the first thing that I have read by Maupassant and I found it very enjoyable. It is very much a 19th century French novel, which I mean as a great complement. It focuses on the life of a woman in the French gentry and starts at the moment she leaves the convent in which she has been school...
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