Guy de Maupassant


Born
in Dieppe, France
August 05, 1850

Died
July 06, 1893

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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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“Our memory is a more perfect world than the universe: it gives back life to those who no longer exist.”
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