Synopses & Reviews
Wordsworth Classics covers a huge list of beloved works of literature in English and translations. This growing series is rigorously updated, with scholarly introductions and notes added to new titles.
With a new Introduction by Cedric Watts, Research Professor of English, University of Sussex.
Guy de Maupassant was a master of the short story. This collection displays his lively diversity, with tales that vary in theme and tone, ranging from tragedy and satire to comedy and farce. In a lucidly direct style, he provides unflinching realism and sceptical irony. He depicts the deceptions, hypocrisies and vanities at different levels of society. Prostitution is frankly described, while the harshness of war is deftly exposed.
His tales have been televised and have influenced films, operas and rock music. Unillusioned but humane, Maupassant remains our contemporary.
This collection reflects Maupassant's diversity, with stories that vary in theme and tone, and range from tragedy and satire to comedy and farce. "Boule de Suife", his most famous tale exposes the brutality and hypocrisy of war. His stories are linked by irony and the frailty of human nature.