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  1. According to the Introduction to this collection, the author, Guy de Maupassant and his Russian contemporary, Anton Chekhov were the consummate practitioners in the art of short story writing, setting a standard beyond which there seems little room for development. Although the conclusion is arguable, there is no doubt that Maupassant is a master of his genre. His stories are alternately harsh and terrifying (A Piece of String, The Dowry, The Child), tender and nostalgic/loving (Happiness, Simon [...]

  2. Maupassant is my pick for the best short story writer, right along with Poe, King, and Saki. He is flexible in his narrative styles and plot choices. He can be by turns sentimental and deeply pessimistic. This means he can often surprise the reader and his plot twists are superb. The end product is a sweeping tapestry of France in the Second Empire and early Third Republic, both the country and the city, with characters from across every class.

  3. I have long been divided about whether I thought Chekhov or Crane the greatest of short fictioneers, to borrow a term from my friend the gifted short fiction writer Teresa Milbrodt. Having recently finished reading The Tales of Guy de Maupassant, I find myself needing to consider adding a third contender to my deliberations.Read the full review at newsoutherngentleman.wordpress - link available at my author page. Thanks for stopping by.

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