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A Biography of Guy de Maupassant.

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Jessica Hernandez Kilpatrick, Renee ENC1102 Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893) Henry René Albert Guy de Maupassant was born in Normandy in August 5, 1850. He is known as the greatest French short story writer of all time. Guy was the oldest child of wealthy parents, whom eventually separated. After the separation Maupassant spent most of his childhood in Normandy, the scene of several of his tales. De Maupassant had the gift of photographic memory, this enabled him to gather and store information, which he later used to reenact his stories. Guy received his first education from the local priest at church. By the age of 13, he attended his first school, a small seminary at Yvetot. ...read more.


His father intervened once again after the war by managing to have him transferred to the Ministry of Marine in 1871 and later to the Ministry of Education in 1879. His experience of the war paved way to the inspiration of some of his greatest pieces in literature. Before and after the war, Maupassant had the fortunate pleasure on meeting Gustave Flaubert. His mother Laure had set up the encounter in 1867, where he met with Gustave in Croisset, France. After his return from the war, Maupassant mother requested from Flaubert to take care of her son. An apprenticeship emerged from this, where Maupassant the writer was created. ...read more.


In his early 20s, it was discovered he was suffering from syphilis. He refused to undergo treatment, which would later result in the cause of his increased mental disorder. As his diseased progressed, you would see it accentuate in his work. This brought much in common with Edgar Allan Poe?s supernatural visions stories. In January 2, 1892, Maupassant tried to commit suicide by cutting his throat. This resulted in his admission in an asylum of Dr. Esprit Blanche in Paris, France. The last years of his life, his health declined due to his disease, in which he had to endure for many years. He passed away the following year on June 6, 1893, but his work lives on even till this day. ...read more.

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