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A Week in Literary History

August 5th, 2002

French short story master Guy de Maupassant (Clair de lune, 1884) is born at Château de Miromesnil in 1850.

Guy de Maupassant, b. August 5, 1850, d. 1893

Maupassant became famous overnight in France with his short story “Boule de suif,” published in 1880. Thereafter, as a protégé of Flaubert’s, he produced a stream of stories, sixteen books of them, that captivated the public with their picture of contemporary life. But far greater was his skill in characterization, his economy of style, and his efficient and seemingly effortless dénouements. He is the father, and one of the masters, of the modern short story.

Suggested Reading Story collections All, but especially Les Soirées de Médan, 1880. La Maison Tellier, 1881. Clair de lune, 1884. Contes du jour et de la nuit, 1885. Novels Bel-Ami, 1885. Fort comme la mort, 1889.

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