The Collected Stories of Guy de Maupassant (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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Overview

Collected Stories of Guy de Maupassant is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:
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All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.

Guy de Maupassant is one of the few writers whose short stories—witty, economical, elegant, yet straightforward in style—are so forceful that his literary reputation can rest on them alone. Beneath their deceptively simple surfaces lies a deep understanding of the complexities of the human psyche. Maupassant explores the full panoply of late-nineteenth-century French society, from prostitutes in Parisian brothels and peasants in rural cottages, to adulterous aristocrats at expensive spas and patrician parties.

This collection begins with “Ball-of-Fat,” the first story Maupassant published under his own name. Called a masterpiece by his friend and mentor Gustave Flaubert, it instantly raised the young author to celebrity status and created a clamor for more of his work. He responded with over three hundred stories (and six novels) written in a dozen years. Among others included here are the favorites “The Necklace,” “The Horla,” “The False Gems,” and “Useless Beauty.”

Richard Fusco received his Ph.D. from Duke University and is Associate Professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. A specialist in nineteenth-century American literature and in short-story narrative theory, his published criticism includes Maupassant and the American Short Story: The Influence of Form at the Turn of the Century and Fin de millénaire: Poe’s Legacy for the Detective Story.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593082222
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 9/9/2008
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 179,740
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 1.01 (d)

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  • Posted November 5, 2008

    Value

    For approximately $8, this 384 page book is a real bargain. DeMaupassant will be a nice addition to my permanent library. I hope his writings will inspire my two teens who are just starting to read the classics.

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    Leo Tolstoy & O. Henry, both, considered de Maupassant the g

    Leo Tolstoy & O. Henry, both, considered de Maupassant the greatest short story writer in the history of literature. I don't see any reason to doubt their assessment.

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