The Life and Works of Guy de Maupassant. “ I have coveted everything and taken pleasure in nothing. ”. by Heather Gendron. Born Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant on August 5, 1850 in Dieppe, France. The oldest son of Gustave de Maupassant and Laure Le Poittevin de Maupassant.
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“I have coveted everything and taken pleasure in nothing.”
by Heather Gendron
Born Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant on August 5, 1850 in Dieppe, France.
In a time in France when divorce did not yet exist, his mother separated from his father when he was 11 years old.
In 1864, Guy went to go to school at Yvetot, where he was expelled in 1868 for writing offensive poetry.
In 1869, he received his Bachelier és lettres and went to go study law in Paris.
When he came home, he served a literary apprenticeship under Flaubert and got a job as a clerk in the Ministry at the urging of his father.
While working at the Ministry, he also contributed to many newspapers and continued to pursue his writing aspirations.
In 1879, Guy finally resigned from his clerk job to pursue writing full-time.
In 1892, Guy attempted suicide by slitting his throat, but was saved by his valet, François and Doctor Valcourt.
Guy de Maupassant is considered to be one of the father’s of the short story.
Guy’s first published work, was his book of poems titled “Des Vers”, in 1880.
Guy’s novels seemed to have a very sympathetic view of women, at least in the beginning.
La Parure is a short story by Guy that translates into English as “The Necklace” or “The Ornament”. This is one of Guy’s stories with a twist ending.
“Le Horla” was written by Guy de Maupassant in 1887, near the end of his life, in a time when he was experiencing his own break with reality because of his illness.
“Ball-of-Fat” (Elizabeth Rousset) is a prostitute who while on a carriage during the Franco-Prussian war, with more established individuals, is treated very coldly until she shares her food with them while they are starving.
This was Guy’s first major published worked, which was published in 1880.
She loved literature, especially Shakespeare, and she shared this passion with her son whom she wanted to be a poet like her brother, Alfred, who had died at age 32 in 1848.
Guy was a victim of excessive mother adoration. She loved her sons more than anything and wrote in a letter to Gustave Flaubert that she believed that her sons were the only thing that might be able to bring her some kind of happiness in life.
Guy did not believe in marriage or commitment at all and was an advocate of “free love”.
When he became a writer, in an effort to separate himself from his father’s name, he used several pseudonyms:
Gustave Flaubert was a famous writer, known most notably for his novel Madame Bovary.
When at the Lyceé in Rouen, Guy met a brilliant poet named Louis Bouilhet.
The writer and poet Algernon Charles Swinburne also had an impact on Guy’s literary life.