Guy de Maupassant was a master of the short story who is often thought of as the French O’Henry. His tales vary in theme and tone, ranging from tragedy and satire to comedy and farce. In a lucidly direct style, he provides unflinching realism and skeptical irony. He depicts the deceptions, hypocrisies and vanities at different levels of society. We will be reading selections from Best Short Stories by Guy de Maupassant (Wordsworth Classics Library, 1999). The study group will be discussing two stories per session, chosen
by the discussion leader. If the discussion leader chooses stories from a different volume, he or she will pass out copies to the study group the preceding week. Look forward to lively discussions and you won’t be disappointed. These stories are masterpieces.