Bel Ami: The History of a Scoundrel

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Returning from three years of military service in Algeria, journalist Georges Duroy takes advantage of his mistresses to achieve success. He wields his charm with unscrupulous ambition, becoming one of the most powerful men in Paris. In his 1885 novel Bel Ami, Maupassant constructs a cynical portrait of human nature.
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About the author

Henry-René-Albert-Guy de Maupassant was born on August 5, 1850 in France. He was schooled at a seminary in Yvetot and Le Harve. He fought in the Franco-German War, then held civil service posts with the Ministry of the Navy and the Ministry of Public Instruction. He also worked with Gustave Flaubert, who helped him develop his writing talent and introduced him to many literary greats. During his lifetime, he wrote six novels, three travel books, one book of verse, and over 300 short stories. He is considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. His works include The Necklace, A Piece of String, Mademoiselle Fifi, Miss Harriet, My Uncle Jules, Found on a Drowned Man, and The Wreck. He suffered from mental illness in his later years and attempted suicide on January 2, 1892. He was committed to a private asylum in Paris, where he died on July 6, 1893.

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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Dec 10, 2012
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Pages
146
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ISBN
9781625583475
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Language
English
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Fiction / Classics
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