Guy de Maupassant

(1850-1893 / France)

Guy de Maupassant
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Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant (5 August 1850 – 6 July 1893) was a popular 19th-century French writer and considered one of the fathers of the modern short story.

A protégé of Flaubert, Maupassant's stories are characterized by their economy of style and efficient, effortless dénouement. Many of the stories are set during the Franco-Prussian War of the 1870s and several describe the futility of war and the innocent civilians who, caught in the conflict, emerge changed. He also wrote six short novels.

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... more »

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Terreur

Ce soir-là j'avais lu fort longtemps quelque auteur.
Il était bien minuit, et tout à coup j'eus peur.
Peur de quoi ? je ne sais, mais une peur horrible.
Je compris, haletant et frissonnant d'effroi,
Qu'il allait se passer une chose terrible...
Alors il me sembla sentir derrière moi
Quelqu'un qui se tenait debout, dont la figure
Riait d'un rire atroce, immobile et nerveux :
Et je n'entendais rien, cependant. O torture !
Sentir qu'il se baissait à toucher mes cheveux,
Et qu'il allait poser sa main sur mon épaule,
Et que j'allais mourir au bruit de sa parole ...

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