384 pages, 8 × 5.19 × 0.96 in
September 9, 2008
Barnes & Noble Classics
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ISBN - 10: 1593082223
ISBN - 13: 9781593082222
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Collected Stories of Guy de Maupassant
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Guy de Maupassant is one of the few writers whose short storieswitty, economical, elegant, yet straightforward in styleare so forceful that his literary reputation can rest on them alone. Beneath their deceptively simple surfaces lies a deep understanding of the complexities of the human psyche. Maupassant explores the full panoply of late-nineteenth-century French society, from prostitutes in Parisian brothels and peasants in rural cottages, to adulterous aristocrats at expensive spas and patrician parties.
This collection begins with Ball-of-Fat,” the first story Maupassant published under his own name. Called a masterpiece by his friend and mentor Gustave Flaubert, it instantly raised the young author to celebrity status and created a clamor for more of his work. He responded with over three hundred stories (and six novels) written in a dozen years. Among others included here are the favorites The Necklace,” The Horla,” The False Gems,” and Useless Beauty.”
Richard Fusco received his Ph.D. from Duke University and is Associate Professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. A specialist in nineteenth-century American literature and in short-story narrative theory, his published criticism includes Maupassant and the American Short Story: The Influence of Form at the Turn of the Century and Fin de millénaire: Poe’s Legacy for the Detective Story.
About the Author
Writer Henry-Rene-Albert-Guy de Maupassant, often credited with being the originator of the commercial literary short story, was born on August 5, 1850 in France. He was schooled at a seminary in Yvetot and Le Harve. He fought in the Franco-German War, then held civil service posts with the Ministry of the Navy and the Ministry of Public Instruction. He also worked with Gustave Flaubert, who treated him like a son, helped him develop his writing talent, and introduced him to many literary greats. Maupassant wrote six novels, three travel books, a book of verse and over 300 short stories. He attempted to kill himself in 1892 and died in Paris on July 6, the following year.