Maupassant A Lion in the Path Author:Francis Steegmuller This is the first complete and definitive biography of Guy de Maupassant, from his happy childhood in Normandy to his tragic death in a madhouse. Thomas Mann has said of him: "His work is immortal in the true sense of the word. Through the ages he will be regarded as one of the greatest masters of the short story." — Among the unique contribution... more »s in this biography are: the revelation that sixty-five stories commonly credited to Maupassant are not his, the first serious analysis of the important role that Flaubert played in Maupassant's life, and an attempt to explain on the basis of Maupassant's own life why his stories are so filled with adulteris and seductions. In addition, Mr. Steegmuller has included in a special section four short stories by Maupassant, never before translated into English.
Provacative as a biography, illuminating as a critical evaluation, this book is outstanding also as a superb picture of French leterary life in the eighteen-seventies and eighties.« less