7 best short stories - French Authors

7 best short stories - French Authors

by Honoré de BalzacThéophile Gautier Villiers de L'Isle Adam and others
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date: 12/05/2020
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The French authors are great pioneers in the short story format, with famous names of this genre such as Guy de Maupassant and Honore de Balzac. For the present book, the critic August Nemo has carefully selected seven short stories that exemplify the French tradition of the short story: - A Passion in the Desert by Honore de Balzac - The Mummy's Foot by Theophile Gautier - The Torture of Hope by Villiers de L'isle Adam - The Necklace by Guy De Maupassant - The Dance of Death by Gustave Flaubert - Our Lady's Juggler by Anatole France - Doctor Ox's Experiment by Jules Verne For more books with interesting themes, be sure to check the other books in this collection!

ISBN:
9783967992519
9783967992519
Category:
Anthologies (non-poetry)
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
12-05-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
Tacet Books
Guy de Maupassant

Guy de Maupassant was born in Normandy in 1850. In addition to his six novels, which include Bel-Ami (1885) and Pierre et Jean (1888), he wrote hundreds of short stories, the most famous of which is 'Boule de suif'.

By the late 1870s, he began to develop the first signs of syphilis, and in 1891 he was committed to an asylum in Paris, having tried to commit suicide. He died there two years later.

Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert was born in Rouen in 1821, the son of a distinguished surgeon and a doctor's daughter. After three unhappy years of studying law in Paris, an epileptic attack ushered him into a life of writing. Madame Bovary won instant acclaim upon book publication in 1857, but Flaubert's frank display of adultery in bourgeois France saw him go on trial for immorality, only narrowly escaping conviction.

Both Salammbo (1862) and The Sentimental Education (1869) were poorly received, and Flaubert's genius was not publicly recognized until Three Tales (1877). His reputation among his fellow writers, however, was more constant and those who admired him included Turgenev, George Sand, Victor Hugo and Zola. Flaubert's obsession with his art is legendary: he would work for days on a single page, obsessively attuning sentences, seeking always le mot juste in a quest for both beauty and precise observation.

His style moved Edmund Wilson to say,'Flaubert, by a single phrase - a notation of some commonplace object - can convey all the poignance of human desire, the pathos of human defeat; his description of some homely scene will close with a dying fall that reminds one of great verse or music.' Flaubert died suddenly in May 1880, leaving his last work, Bouvard and Pécuchet, unfinished.

Jules Verne

Jules Verne (1828-1905) was a French novelist and playwright best known for his epic adventures, including Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Around the World in Eighty Days.

A true visionary and master storyteller, Verne foresaw the skyscraper, the submarine, and the airplane, among many other inventions, and he is often regarded as the 'Father of Science Fiction.'

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