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              Guy de Maupassant

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              Henri Ren Albert Guy de Maupassant (Aug 5, 1850 - Jul 6, 1893) was a popular French author who wrote under the pen name Guy de Maupassant. He is considered one of the fathers of the modern short story as well as one of its finest practitioners. His prolific and deeply admired body of work influenced a great number of writers including William Somerset Maugham, O. Henry, Anton Chekhov, Kate Chopin and Henry James.

              He was a popular writer during his lifetime and had the good fortune to see that his stories were widely read. As a young man he fought in the Franco-Prussian War. He drew heavily on that experience and that war provides the setting for many of his stories which often depict the tragedy and suffering of innocent civilians caught in war's path. He also found inspiration in the not-so-admirable behavior of the bourgeoisie, and made them targets of his biting pessimism and skewering pen.

              His most famous work for English readers is probably The Necklace. If you are unfamiliar with his works, also consider A Piece of String, Mademoiselle Fifi, Miss Harriet, My Uncle Jules, Found on a Drowned Man and The Wreck as starting points. If you have the stomach for it, you might try his truly terrifying piece of Gothic Fiction, The Hand.

              Boule de Suif is arguably considered Guy de Maupassant's finest short story. It's a bit long for the short story form, but it's length is justified by Maupassant's mastery and the treatment of his high society targets. The story is a withering criticism of the French society of the late 19th century. Maupassant takes representatives from the different classes and stations of French Society and places them all in the same carriage, which is then accidentally driven behind enemy lines during the Franco-Prussian war. In time, the true character of each participant is revealed as Maupassant passes scathing judgement upon his fellow countrymen.

              Guy de Maupassant suffered from mental illness in his later years and attempted suicide on January 2nd, 1892. He was committed to a private asylum in Paris and died the following year.

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              Short Stories

              A Country Excursion
              A Coup d'Etat
              A Coward
              A Cremation
              A Dead Woman's Secret
              A Duel
              A Family
              A Family Affair
              A Father's Confession
              A Ghost
              A Humble Drama
              All Over
              A Meeting
              A Mother of Monsters
              An Affair of State
              An Artifice
              A New Year's Gift
              A Normandy Joke
              An Uncomfortable Bed
              A Parricide
              A Piece of String
              A Portrait
              A Queer Night in Paris
              A Recollection
              A Sale
              A Sister's Confession
              A Stroll
              A Tress of Hair
              At Sea
              A Vagabond
              A Vendetta
              A Wedding Gift
              A Widow
              Belhomme's Beast
              Beside Schopenhauer's Corpse
              Boule de Suif
              Clair de Lune
              Father Matthew
              Father Milon
              Found on a Drowned Man
              Friend Joseph
              Friend Patience
              His Avenger
              In the Spring
              In the Wood
              Julie Romain
              Lasting Love
              Legend of Mont St. Michel
              Lieutenant Lare's Marriage
              Little Louise Roque
              Madame Baptiste
              Madame Hermet
              Madame Husson's Rosier
              Madame Parisse
              Mademoiselle Cocotte
              Mademoiselle Fifi
              Mademoiselle Pearl
              Miss Harriet
              Monsieur Parent
              Mother and Son
              Mother Sauvage
              My Twenty-Five Days
              My Uncle Jules
              My Uncle Sosthenes
              My Wife
              Old Amable
              Old Judas
              Old Mongilet
              On the River
              Our Letters
              Queen Hortense
              Rosalie Prudent
              Saint Anthony
              Simon's Papa
              Sundays of a Bourgeois
              That Costly Ride
              That Pig of a Morin
              The Accursed Bread
              The Adopted Son
              The Apparition
              The Baroness
              The Beggar
              The Blind Man
              The Child
              The Christening
              The Colonel's Ideas
              The Corsican Bandit
              The Cripple
              The Devil
              The Diamond Necklace
              The Diary of a Madman
              The Dispenser of Holy Water
              The Donkey
              The Door
              The Dowry
              The Drunkard
              The Effeminates
              The Englishman of Etretat
              The False Gems
              The Farmer's Wife
              The Father
              The First Snowfall
              The Fishing Hole
              The Gamekeeper
              The Grave
              The Hairpin
              The Hand
              The Horla
              The Horrible
              The Impolite Sex
              The Inn
              The Kiss
              The Legion of Honor
              The Little Cask
              The Log
              The Love of Long Ago
              The Magic Couch
              The Maison Tellier
              The Man with the Pale Eyes
              The Marquis de Fumerol
              The Mask
              The Model
              The Moribund
              The Mountain Pool
              The Mustache
              The Necklace
              Theodule Sabot's Confession
              The Orphan
              The Parrot
              The Patron
              The Penguins' Rock
              The Piece of String
              The Prisoners
              The Question of Latin
              The Rabbit
              The Relic
              The Rondoli Sisters
              The Snipe
              The Son
              The Spasm
              The Story of a Farm Girl
              "The Terror"
              The Test
              The Thief
              The Trip of the Horla
              The Umbrella
              The Unknown
              The Vendetta
              The Wardrobe
              The Will
              The Wolf
              The Wreck
              The Wrong House
              Two Friends
              Two Little Soldiers
              Useless Beauty
              Waiter, a "Bock"
              Walter Schnaff's Adventure
              Yvette Samoris

              Anton Chekhov
              Nathaniel Hawthorne
              Susan Glaspell
              Mark Twain
              Edgar Allan Poe
              Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
              Herman Melville
              Stephen Leacock
              Kate Chopin
              Bj?rnstjerne Bj?rnson