Although the Maupassants were a free-thinking family, Guy received his first education from the church and at age 13 was sent to a small seminary at Yvetot that took both lay and clerical pupils. He felt a decided antipathy for this form of life and deliberately engineered his own expulsion for some trivial offense in In the autumn of he began law studies in Pariswhich were interrupted by the outbreak of the Franco-German War.
He was the first son of Laure Le Poittevin and Gustave de Maupassant, both from prosperous bourgeois families. His mother urged his father when they married in to obtain the right to use the particule or form "de Maupassant" instead of "Maupassant" as his family name, in order to indicate noble birth.
After the separation, Laure Le Poittevin kept her two sons. Inhe left Normandy and moved to Paris where he spent ten years as a clerk in the Navy Department.
During this time his only recreation and relaxation was boating on the Seine on Sundays and holidays. Gustave Flaubert took him under his protection and acted as a kind of literary guardian to him, guiding his debut in journalism and literature. He devoted his spare time to writing novels and short stories.
In he published what is considered his first masterpiece, " Boule de Suif ", which met with instant and tremendous success. Flaubert characterized it as "a masterpiece that Maupassants boule de suif endure.
Made famous by his first short story, he worked methodically and produced two or sometimes four volumes annually.
His talent and practical business sense made him wealthy. In he published his first volume of short stories under the title of La Maison Tellier; it reached its twelfth edition within two years. His second novel Bel Amiwhich came out inhad thirty-seven printings in four months.
Guy de Maupassant early in his career. His editor, Havard, commissioned him to write more stories, and Maupassant continued to produce them efficiently and frequently. At this time he wrote what many consider to be his greatest novel, Pierre et Jean. With a natural aversion to society, he loved retirement, solitude, and meditation.
He traveled extensively in AlgeriaItaly, England, BrittanySicilyAuvergneand from each voyage brought back a new volume. He cruised on his private yacht Bel-Ami, named after his novel. This life did not prevent him from making friends among the literary celebrities of his day: Alexandre Dumas, fils had a paternal affection for him; at Aix-les-Bains he met Hippolyte Taine and became devoted to the philosopher-historian.
Flaubert continued to act as his literary godfather. His friendship with the Goncourts was of short duration; his frank and practical nature reacted against the ambiance of gossip, scandal, duplicity, and invidious criticism that the two brothers had created around them in the guise of an 18th-century style salon.
Maupassant was one of a fair number of 19th-century Parisians including Charles GounodAlexandre Dumas, filsand Charles Garnier who did not care for the Eiffel Tower. Maupassant also wrote under several pseudonyms such as Joseph Prunier, Guy de Valmont, and Maufrigneuse which he used from to In his later years he developed a constant desire for solitude, an obsession for self-preservation, and a fear of death and paranoia of persecution caused by the syphilis he had contracted in his youth.
Guy De Maupassant penned his own epitaph: Significance[ edit ] Maupassant is considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. He delighted in clever plotting, and served as a model for Somerset Maugham and O. Henry in this respect. The Works of Guy de Maupassant.
His stories are second only to Shakespeare in their inspiration of movie adaptations with films ranging from StagecoachCitizen KaneOyuki the Virgin and Masculine Feminine.
I can name as a sample — for their number is by no means small, Due to complaints from NBC executives, this part of the script was never filmed. Claude Brasseur stars as the titular character.Guy quit his job with the civil service after publishing his first short story, Boule de Suif in What followed was a phenomenal flurry of short stories and .
French writer Guy de Maupassant wrote short stories like "The Necklace" and "Bel Amim," but he also wrote poetry, novels, and newspaper rutadeltambor.com was an author of the naturalist and realist schools of writing and is best known for his short stories, which are considered highly influential on .
In , Maupassant published his first - and, according to many, his best - short story, entitled 'Boule de Suif' ('Ball of Fat'). It was an instant success. He went on to be extremely prolific during the s, working methodically to produce up to four volumes of short fiction every year.
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Get . Guy de Maupassant: Guy de Maupassant, French naturalist writer of short stories and novels who is by general agreement the greatest French short-story writer.
Maupassant was the elder of the two children of Gustave and Laure de Maupassant. His mother’s claim that he was born at the Château de . When de Maupassant made his literary debut in with the story Boule de Suif in a collection which opened with one by Emile Zola, his genius was immediately recognised by the reading public.