Guy de Maupassant

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Guy de Maupassant


Born
in Dieppe, France
August 05, 1850

Died
July 06, 1893

Genre

Influences


Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant was a popular 19th-century French writer. He is one of the fathers of the modern short story. A protege of Flaubert, Maupassant's short stories are characterized by their economy of style and their efficient effortless dénouement. He also wrote six short novels. A number of his stories often denote the futility of war and the innocent civilians who get crushed in it - many are set during the Franco-Prussian War of the 1870s.

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Polls

March 2018 Old School

Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1832, 503 pages
 
  53 votes, 14.3%

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi 1883, 262 pages
 
  45 votes, 12.2%

 
  39 votes, 10.5%

 
  38 votes, 10.3%

The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot 1860, 579 pages
 
  33 votes, 8.9%

Jude the Obscure by 1895, 310 pages
 
  23 votes, 6.2%

The Red and the Black by Stendhal1830, 608 pages
 
  23 votes, 6.2%

 
  19 votes, 5.1%

 
  19 votes, 5.1%

Evelina by Fanny Burney 1778, 455 pages
 
  16 votes, 4.3%

 
  15 votes, 4.1%

The Misanthrope by Molière 1666, 64 pages
 
  14 votes, 3.8%

Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand 1897, 240 pages
 
  12 votes, 3.2%

Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant1885, 416 pages
 
  8 votes, 2.2%

 
  8 votes, 2.2%

 
  5 votes, 1.4%

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