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Guy de Maupassant Letters

An inventory of his letters at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: LDC
Date: 09 Dec 2008

Biographical History

Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893) was a French author best known for his short stories such as Boule de suif (1880) and his novels such as Une Vie (1883) and Bel-Ami (1885).

Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant was born on August 5, 1850 near Normandy, France, the eldest child of Laure Le Poittevin and Gustave de Maupassant. Custody was given to Maupassant's mother when the couple separated around 1862. He was sent to a boarding school, Institution ecclésiastique in Yvetot, but was expelled for a poem he wrote that satirized the institution. Maupassant continued to write, composing over 300 short stories during his career. He was inspired by the works of Gustave Flaubert, whom he met through his mother's childhood friend, Louis Bouilhet. Although Maupassant never married, he had many lovers, one, Joséphine Litzelmann, with whom he had three children. He died of syphilis on July 6, 1893.

Selected Works

1880 Boule de Suif
1881 La Maison Tellier, or The House of Madame Tellier
1882 Mademoiselle Fifi
1883 Une Vie, or A Woman's Life
1885 Bel-Ami
1886 Monsieur Parent
1887 Le Horla
1888 Pierre et Jean

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Guy de Maupassant Letters consist of 2 autograph letters from the French novelist.


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Subject Headings


Maupassant, Guy de, 1850-1893.


Authors, French.
French literature -- 19th century.
Novelists, French.

Genres and Forms

Letters (correspondence)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Guy de Maupassant Letters
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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