Guy de Maupassant

Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant was a popular French writer, considered one of the fathers of the modern short story and one of the form's finest exponents.
Maupassant was a protégé of Flaubert and his stories are characterized by economy of style and efficient, effortless dénouements. Many are set during the Franco-Prussian War of the 1870s, describing the futility of war and the innocent civilians who, caught up in events beyond their control, are permanently changed by their experiences. He wrote some 300 short stories, six novels, three travel books, and one volume of verse. His first published story, "Boule de Suif", is often considered his masterpiece.
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Welcome to The Seventh Ghost Story MEGAPACK®! Once more we have a wide-ranging assortment of supernatural fiction, with setting across the world -- Europe, the Americas, Asia -- and across the centuries. You will note that we have a larger than normal number of "Anonymous" stories. No, the authors weren't embarrassed by their contributions. Victorian-era literary magazines and newspapers often ran fiction without crediting the author, or with only vague terms like "A Lady," initials, or humorous pseudonyms (as with the story by “Q.E.D.” in this volume). Authors later collected their stories in books, and that's when readers discovered who had actually written what. If a story never got reprinted, its author remained a mystery. Modern scholars are still researching these anonymous stories, but many authors will never be properly identified. This time we include:

BEAUTIFUL DREAMER, by R.A. Lafferty
FROM THE TOMB, by Guy De Maupassant
THE VENGEANCE OF A TREE, by Eleanor F. Lewis
YOU CAN'T KILL A GHOST, by Frank Belknap Long
A FIGHT WITH A GHOST, by Q.E.D.
A CRY ACROSS THE BLACK WATER, by S. R. Crockett
A FRIENDLY EXORCISE, by Talmage Powell
MRS. DAVENPORT'S GHOST, by Frederick P. Schrader
COUSIN KELLY, by Fletcher Flora
GHOST OF BUCKSTOWN INN, by Arnold M. Anderson
THE HUNGRY GHOST, by Emil Petaja
GRAND-DAME'S GHOST STORY, by C.D.
THE STONE CHAMBER OF TAVERNDALE MANOR HOUSE, by Lady Mabel Howard
THE WATER GHOST OF HARROWBY HALL, by John Kendrick Bangs
THE PARLOR-CAR GHOST, by A Lady
THE THIRTEENTH BOAT, by George J. Rawlins
THE RETURN OF YEN-TCHIN-KING, by Lafcadio Hearn
THE SPECTRE OF TAPPINGTON, by Thomas Ingoldsby
I HAD A HUNCH, AND..., by Talmage Powell
THE BURGLAR'S GHOST, by Anonymous
A PHANTOM TOE, by Anonymous
THE PHANTOM WOMAN, by Anonymous
THE GHOSTS OF RED CREEK, by S. T.
THE PHANTOM HAG, by Anonymous
THE SPECTRE BRIDE, by Anonymous
HOW HE CAUGHT THE GHOST, by Anonymous
COLONEL HALIFAX'S GHOST STORY, by Anonymous
THE GHOST OF THE COUNT, by Anonymous
THE OLD MANSION, by Anonymous
A MISFIT GHOST, by Anonymous
AN UNBIDDEN GUEST, by Anonymous
THE DEAD WOMAN'S PHOTOGRAPH, by Anonymous
THE GHOST OF A LIVE MAN, by Anonymous
THE GHOST OF WASHINGTON, by Anonymous

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In a “lively, sparkling, and sharp-edged” (Arthur Goldhammer) new translation, Guy de Maupassant’s most beloved works are reintroduced to twenty-first-century readers.

A Parisian civil servant turned protégé of Flaubert, Guy de Maupassant is considered not only one of the greatest short story writers in all of French literature but also a pioneer of psychological realism and modernism who helped define the form. Credited with influencing the likes of Chekhov, Maugham, Babel, and O. Henry, Maupassant had, at the time of his death at the age of forty-two, written six novels and some three hundred short stories. Yet in English, Maupassant has, curiously, remained unappreciated by modern readers due to outdated translations that render his prose in an archaic, literal style.

In this bold new translation, Sandra Smith—the celebrated translator of Irene Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise—brings us twenty-eight of Maupassant's essential stories and two novellas in lyrical yet accessible language that brings Maupassant into vibrant English. In addition to her sparkling translation, Smith also imposes a structure that captures the full range of Maupassant's work. Dividing the collection into three sections that reflect his predominant themes—nineteenth-century French society, the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71, and the supernatural—Smith creates "an arrangement suggesting a culture of relation, of structure, of completion" (Richard Howard).

In "Tales of French Life," we see Maupassant explore the broad swath of French society, not just examining the lives of the affluent as was customary for writers in his day. In the title story of the collection, "The Necklace," Maupassant crafts a devastating portrait of misplaced ambition and ruin in the emerging middle class.

The stories in "Tales of War" emerge from Maupassant’s own experiences in the devastating Franco-Prussian War and create a portrait of that disastrous conflict that few modern readers have ever encountered. This section features Maupassant's most famous novella, "Boule de Suif."

The last section, "Tales of the Supernatural," delves into the occult and the bizarre. While certain critics may attribute some of these stories and morbid fascination as the product of the author's fevered mind and possible hallucinations induced by late-stage syphilis, they echo the gothic horror of Poe as well as anticipate the eerie fiction of H. P. Lovecraft.

The result takes readers from marriage, family, and the quotidian details of life to the disasters of war and nationalism, then to the gothic and beyond, allowing us to appreciate Maupassant in an idiom that matches our own times. The Necklace and Other Stories enables us to appreciate Maupassant as the progenitor of the modern short story and as a writer vastly ahead of his time.

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