Books by Guy de Maupassant

LIKE DEATH by Guy de Maupassant
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A finely shaded portrait of desire, will, and the complex entanglements of love, set against cutting social commentary from a realist master."
The psychoemotional precision of Maupassant in an elegant new translation by celebrated translator Howard. Read full book review >
Released: March 19, 1998

This handsome volume, which is expertly edited and contains a detailed and helpful Chronology, presents 15 early stories only intermittently representative of the French master's satirical precision and psychological depth. Of the several previously untranslated, which are almost certainly at least partially autobiographical, and some of which were subsumed into later work, only the arrestingly melodramatic "A True-Life Drama" and the harrowing conte cruel "The Donkey" are notable. Best is the long title story, a superficial but often charming episodic arrangement of Parisian scenes and characters (including a wicked sketch of Émile Zola). Not the best of Maupassant, but very much worth having. Read full book review >
THE DARK SIDE by Guy de Maupassant
Released: May 1, 1992

Clive Barker's promised foreword wasn't included in the galley sent for review, but the aura of terror and dread underpinning these 31 tales of the supernatural by the French writer (1850-1893) highlights Maupassant as a stylistic/spiritual influence on Barker and his school. In turn, Maupassant, as is clear from stories such as the necrophiliac "The Hair" ("Ah, the dead do return! She has returned! Yes, I have seen her, I have held her in my arms, I have possessed her. . ."), was heavily influenced by Poe; and if these stories, newly and ably translated by Kellett, lack Poe's perfection, they do include at least one classic—"The Hand," about a severed hand that creeps and strangles—and a host of other dark-tainted tales (the later ones reflecting Maupassant's slide into syphilitic madness) that will please may horror fans, especially those who like their atmospherics thick and trembling. Read full book review >