Guy de Maupassant

The Necklace is one of Guy de Maupassant’s most renowned stories and is considered a hallmark of his style.

Madame Mathilde Loisel has always imagined herself an aristocrat. Born into a lower middle class family, she only manages to marry a low-paid clerk who tries his best to make her happy. When her husband cadges an invitation for the both of them to the Ministry of Education party, Mathilde refuses to go, for she has nothing to wear. Her husband empties his savings and convinces Mathilde to buy a dress. He also suggests that she borrow a necklace from her friend Madame Forestier.

Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant was a French writer and was a master of the short story form. He was a protégé of Flaubert and his stories are characterized by economy of style and efficient, effortless dénouements as well a being a representation of the naturalist school of writers, who depicted human lives and destinies and social forces in disillusioned and often pessimistic terms. He wrote some 300 short stories, six novels, three travel books, and one volume of verse. The Necklace and first published story, Boule de Suif are often considered his masterpieces.

ISBN 9781911475293 – Paperback – 105 mm x 140 mm – 64 pages
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