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Guy de Maupassant Biography


Guy de Maupassant wrote short stories like "The Necklace" and "Bel Amim," but he also wrote poetry and novels. He was an author of the naturalistic school.

Guy de Maupassant Birth:

Guy de Maupassant was probably born at the Château de Miromesniel, Dieppe on August 5, 1850. His paternal ancestors were noble, and his maternal grandfather, Paul Le Poittevin, was Gustave Flaubert's godfather. His parents separated when he was 11 years old. Maupassant stayed with his mother, who was a friend of Gustave Flaubert.

Guy de Maupassant Death:

After a suicide attempt in 1891 (he tried to cut his throat), Guy de Maupassant spent the last 18 months of his life in a Paris mental home (the celebrated private asylum of Dr. Espirit Blanche).

Guy de Maupassant Occupations:

From 1870-71, Guy de Maupassant served in the army. He then became a government clerk. He was not very ambitious in this position, choosing to save his energy for his writing.

Guy de Maupassant Madness:

Since he was in his 20's, Guy de Maupassant had suffered from syphilis. In 1890, the disease began to cause increasing mental disorder. Some critics have charted his developing madness through his stories. Maupassant's horror fiction consists of some 39 stories, only a tenth of his total. Stephen King's famous novel "The Shining" has been compared to Maupassant's "The Inn."
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