Guy de Maupassant

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
gender: male
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.


7 thoughts on “Guy de Maupassant

  1. August 5, 1850: French author Guy de Maupassant was born in France, 163 years ago today.

  2. I remember reading his work when I was in high school.

  3. Whoa… this quote really stopped me in my tracks – so true!

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