HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Big news! LibraryThing is now free to all! Read the blog post and discuss the change on Talk.
dismiss
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
17,982 (28,029)421907 (3.76)760

Top members (works)

Member favorites

1001 books (69) 18th century (79) 19th century (509) 19th century literature (55) anthology (913) classic (256) classics (319) collection (91) ebook (76) fantasy (174) fiction (2,716) Folio Society (104) France (512) French (892) French fiction (161) French literature (1,139) genere racconto (63) ghost stories (116) ghosts (115) Guy de Maupassant (212) hardcover (62) horror (763) literature (687) mystery (59) narrativa (58) nouvelles (67) novel (307) Paris (74) Penguin Classics (88) read (78) Roman (231) science fiction (55) short fiction (62) short stories (2,132) short story (101) stories (222) supernatural (66) to-read (687) translation (103) unread (164)

Guy de Maupassant has 2 past events. (show)

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Gender
Nationality
Country (for map)
Information from the French Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Birthplace
Place of death
Cause of death
Places of residence
Education
Occupations
Relationships
Organizations
Awards and honors
Agents
Short biography
Henri-René-Albert-Guy de Maupassant, an author of the naturalistic school, is called one of the fathers of the modern short story and his country's greatest short story writer.

He came from an aristocratic background and spent his childhood in Normandy. He wrote poetry in childhood. In 1869, he joined his brother in Paris and began studying law, but at the outbreak of the Franco-Purssian War, he enlisted in the army. From 1872 to 1880, he worked as a civil servant, first at the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, then at the Ministry of Education. He became a protégé of Gustave Flaubert and was a contributing editor for several leading newspapers such as Le Figaro and Le Gaulois. De Maupassant made his official poetry debut in 1880 and one of his poems was included in an anthology edited by Emile Zola. During the 1880s, de Maupassant wrote about 300 short stories, plus six novels, three travel books, and a volume of poetry. His best-known story is perhaps "The Necklace" ("La Parure"), first published in 1884. He had contracted syphilis in his twenties, and the disease caused increasing mental disorder; in 1892, he tried to commit suicide and was committed to a private asylum, where he died.
Disambiguation notice

LibraryThing Early Reviewers Alum

Guy de Maupassant's book Enter At Your Own Risk: Old Masters, New Voices was available from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Sign up to get a pre-publication copy in exchange for a review.

Member ratings

Average: (3.76)
0.5 4
1 44
1.5 8
2 168
2.5 87
3 849
3.5 258
4 1185
4.5 118
5 733

Author pictures (2)

   

(see all 2 author pictures)

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 146,522,714 books! | Top bar: Always visible