Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Guy de Maupassant

From young Maupassant's practical point of view, short stories were not only more marketable than full-length novels, they were also less likely to interfere with other, more pleasurable pursuits. He had seen a family friend toiling away at a long novel, and he knew what an exhausting and dispiriting activity it could be. The novelist was Gustave Flaubert ... --Graham Robb, Cruising with Genius, review of Afloat, by Guy De Maupassant and Douglas Parmee

Recommended reading:
by Guy de Maupassant at Reading Rat


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