A Parisian Affair by Guy de Maupassant

A list of some of de Maupassant’s short stories…

A Country Excursion

A Coup d’État

A Coward

A Cremation

Abandoned

After

Alexandre

All Over

Allouma

Ampanget

An Old Man

An Adventure in Paris

An Artifice

At Sea

Bed 29

Belhomme’s Beast

Bertha

Beside Schopenhauer’s Corpse

Boitelle

Chali

Coco

The Accursed Bread

The Adopted Son

The Apparition

The Artist

The Baptism

The Baroness

The Beggar

The Blind Man

“Boule de Suif” (Ball of Fat)

The Cake

The Capture of Walter Schnaffs

The Child

The Christening

Clair de Lune

Cleopatra in Paris

Clochette

A Cock Crowed

The Colonel’s Ideas

The Confession

The Corsican Bandit

The Cripple

A Crisis

The Dead Girl (a.k.a. “Was it a Dream?”)

Dead Woman’s Secret

The Deaf Mute

Denis

The Devil

The Diamond Necklace

The Diary of a Madman

Discovery

The Dispenser of Holy Water

The Donkey

The Door

The Dowry

Dreams

The Drowned Man

The Drunkard

A Duel

The Effeminates

The Englishman of Etretat

Epiphany

The False Gems

A Family

A Family Affair

Farewell

The Farmer’s Wife

Father Matthew

A Father’s Confession

The Fishing Hole

Fascination

The Father

Father Milon

Fear

Femme Fatale

The First Snowfall

Florentine

Forbidden Fruit

Forgiveness

Found on a Drowned Man

Friend Joseph

Friend Patience

The Frontier

The Gamekeeper

A Ghost

Ghosts

The Grave

The Graveyard Sisterhood

The Hairpin

The Hand

Growing Old

Happiness

Hautot Senior and Hautot Junior

His Avenger

The Highway Man

“The Horla, or Modern Ghosts”

The Horrible

A Humble Drama

The Impolite Sex

In the Country

In the Spring

In the Wood

Indiscretion

The Inn

The Jewelry

Julie Romaine

The Kiss

The Lancer’s Wife

Lasting Love

Legend of Mont St. Michel

The Legion of Honor

Lieutenant Lare’s Marriage

The Little Cask

Little Louise Roque

A Lively Friend

The Log

Looking Back

The Love of Long Ago

Madame Baptiste

Madame Hermet

Madame Husson’s Rosier

Madame Parisse

Madame Tellier’s Establishment

Mademoiselle Cocotte

“Mademoiselle Fifi”

Mademoiselle Pearl

The Maison Tellier

The Magic Couch

Magnetism

The Man with the Pale Eyes

The Marquis de Fumerol

Marroca

Martine

The Mask

A Meeting

A Million (Un Million)

Minuet

Misti

Miss Harriet

The Model

Moiron

Monsieur Parent

Moonlight

The Moribund

Mother and Son

A Mother of Monsters

“Mother Sauvage”

The Mountain Pool

The Mustache

My Twenty-Five Days

My Uncle Jules

My Uncle Sosthenes

My Wife

The Necklace

A New Year’s Gift

The Night: A Nightmare

No Quarter (French Le père Milon)

A Normandy Joke

Old Amable

Old Judas

The Old Man

Old Mongilet

On Horseback

On the River

On a Spring Evening

The Orphan

Our Friends The English

Our Letters

A Parricide

The Parrot

The Patron

The Penguin’s Rock

“The Piece of String”

“Pierrot”

Pierre et Jean

The Port

A Portrait

The Prisoners

The Protector

Queen Hortense

A Queer Night in Paris

The Question of Latin

The Rabbit

A Recollection

Regret

The Relic

The Reward

Roger’s Method

Roly-Poly (Boule de Suif)

The Rondoli Sisters

Rosalie Prudent

Rose

Rust

A Sale

Saint Anthony

The Shepherd’s Leap

The Signal

Simon’s Papa

The Snipe

The Son

Solitude

The Story of a Farm Girl

A Stroll

The Spasm

“Suicides”

Sundays of a Bourgeois

The Terror

The Test

That Costly Ride

That Pig of a Morin

Theodule Sabot’s Confession

The Thief

Timbuctoo

Toine

Tombstones

Travelling

A Tress of Hair

The Trip of the Horla

“Two Friends”

Two Little Soldiers

The Umbrella

An Uncomfortable Bed

The Unknown

“Useless Beauty”

A Vagabond

A Vendetta

The Venus of Branzia

En Voyage

Waiter, a “Bock”

The Wardrobe

A Wedding Gift

Who Knows?

A Widow

The Will

The Wolf

The Wreck

The Wrong House

Yvette Samoris

 

Despite having written so many, it is his first published story, “Boule de Suif” (“Ball of Fat”, 1880), that is often considered his masterpiece. Probably the foremost proponent of the short story in French literature, de Maupassant is rightly famous, and rightly still read. His stories are remarkably balanced and crafted, and what is more, remarkably relevant, not seeming to have dated in any aspect, still less in the morals that his stories espouse. Timeless literature, I guess.

 

Mr A

 

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