Guy de Maupassant
Guy de Maupassant (1850–1893) was an extemely prolific French writer who is considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. His stories range in length from one or two pages to a full-length novel. Free from sentimentality or idealism, they expose in minute detail the pretenses and vulgarity of the period's middle class and traditional low-down of the Norman peasants. De Maupassant's style is characterized by a simplicity and directness that is sometimes comic and ironic. His work reflects his interest in the emotional problems of all classes and his passion for women. He also excelled at revealing the hidden sides of people. His first short story, "Ball of Fat," is considered one of his best. He is also the author of "The Necklace," "The House of Madame Tellier," and the novel A Woman's Life.
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