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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Polls

September 2017 Old School Classic Poll

 
  49 votes, 14.9%

Hamlet by William Shakespeare 1600, 289 pages
 
  47 votes, 14.3%

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling 1894, 277 pages
 
  33 votes, 10.0%

Utopia by Thomas More 1516, 135 pages
 
  27 votes, 8.2%

 
  27 votes, 8.2%

Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens 1839, 817 pages
 
  21 votes, 6.4%

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy 1895, 310 pages
 
  19 votes, 5.8%

 
  19 votes, 5.8%

 
  19 votes, 5.8%

 
  16 votes, 4.9%

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi 1883, 262 pages
 
  16 votes, 4.9%

 
  13 votes, 4.0%

Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant 1885, 416 pages
 
  10 votes, 3.0%

 
  10 votes, 3.0%

East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood 1861, 694 pages
 
  3 votes, 0.9%

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