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An intensely personal story of suspicion, jealousy and family love, Pierre and Jean is considered Maupassant's greatest novel. Guy de Maupassant (1850-93) was born near Dieppe, in Normandy, and all his life was deeply attached to his native province and its coast. Set around the town of LeHavre, Pierre and Jean captures the vivid, colorful atmosphere of a busy seaport, where a small closed circle of friends and relatives play out this powerful, passionate drama. Under the guidance of Zola, and later Flaubert, Maupassant developed his consummate artistry as a story-teller. Pierre and Jean reveals his masterly descriptive skills, his emotional depth and his light, ironical touch with dialogue and characters. This volume includes Maupassant's celebrated preface in which he discusses his theories of the novel and describes how Flaubert taught him to see and write.
An intensely personal story of suspicion, jealousy, and family love, this novel shows the influence of such masters as Zola and Flaubert on Maupassant's writings.
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Guy de Maupassant was born in Normandy in 1850. At his parents separation he stayed with his mother, who was a friend of Flaubert. As a young man he was lively and athletic, but the first symptoms of syphilis appeared in the late 1870s. By this time Maupassant had become Flauberts pupil in the art of prose. On the publication of the first short story to which he put his name, Boule de suif, he left his job in the civil service and his temporary alliance with the disciples of Zola at Médan, and devoted his energy to professional writing. In the next eleven years he published dozens of articles, nearly three hundred stories and six novels, the best known of which are A Womans Life, Bel-Ami and Pierre and Jean. He led a hectic social life, lived up to his reputation for womanizing and fought his disease. By 1889 his friends saw that his mind was in danger, and in 1891 he attempted suicide and was committed to an asylum in Paris, where he died two years later.