Guy De Maupassant

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Birthday
5, 1850
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jul 6, 1893 (42)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
5, 1850
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jul 6, 1893 (42)

About

Remembered as one of France's greatest short story writers, de Maupassant penned an 1880 masterpiece titled "Boule de Suif" ("Butterball") and went on to write many other popular stories, including "La Bete a Mait Belhomme" ("Belhomme's Beast"); "La Ficelle" ("The Piece of String"); and "Pierrot" ("Sparrow").

Before Fame

During the Franco-Prussian War, he worked as a clerk for the French Navy. Later, he edited such Parisian journals as Le Figaro and Le Gaulois; it was during this period that he wrote his first short stories.

Trivia

He was one of a group of Parisian writers and artists who opposed the construction of the Eiffel Tower.

Family Life

He and his brother Herve were born to wealthy parents named Laure Le Poittevin and Gustave de Maupassant.

Associated With

His short story "The Necklace" inspired author Henry James' 1899 piece "Paste."