Words dazzle and deceive because they are mimed by the face. But black words on a white page are the soul laid bare.
– Guy de Maupassant
born in Dieppe, France August 05, 1850
died: July 06, 1893
genre: Literature & Fiction, Short Stories, Poetry
influences: Gustave Flaubert, Honoré de Balzac, Émile Zola
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 characterised 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.