7 best short stories: French Authors

7 best short stories: French Authors

by Honore de BalzacTheophile Gautier Villiers de L'isle Adam and others

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 19/06/2019

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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

ISBN:
9788577772964
9788577772964
Category:
Historical fiction
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
19-06-2019
Language:
English
Publisher:
Tacet Books
Honore de Balzac

French novelist and playwright Honore de Balzac (1799–1850) was a founder of realism in European literature.

An inspiration to Proust, Dickens, Faulkner, Dostoyevsky, and countless others, Balzac wrote works hailed for their multifaceted characters and exquisite attention to detail.

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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