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The Necklace & Other Stories


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Guy de Maupassant

“… A consummate artist … This man wrote from the fullness of a compassionate heart. He is merciless and yet gentle …” JOSEPH CONRAD

"The Necklace", a Maupassant masterpiece, is justifiably renowned for its pathos, characterisation and genuinely shocking ending.

Mathilde aspires to high society, despite being married to a low-paid clerk who tries his best to please her. When he manages to cadge an invitation to a grand ball at the Ministry of Education, Mathilde refuses to attend unless she can look the part. She obtains a splendid gown, but then demands a necklace to go with it ... and here their troubles begin.

HENRI RENÉ ALBERT GUY DE MAUPASSANT (1850–93) was born in Normandy, France. With his acquaintance Gustave Flaubert as his mentor, he began writing in his late twenties, and by his early thirties he was an acknowledged master of the short-story form. He wrote 300 stories in addition to novels, travel books and poetry.

ISBN 9781911475293 – Paperback – 110 mm x 140 mm – 80 pages
 – £2.99

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