Tales of Terror. Guy de Maupassant.

Tales of Terror

Tartarus Press:
Leyburn: 2008
First printing, Hardcover, Limited, Fine in Fine dust jacket,
283 pp.

Selected and translated by Amold Kellett. “Strongly influenced by the writings of E.T.A. Hoffman and Edgar Allen Poe, de Maupassant tapped into the craze for cathartic tales of mystery and the occult rife in France in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Born into a Norman family of relative wealth and privilege, he had seen the darker side of life while serving in the French army during the Franco-Prussian War. He was part of Gustav Flaubert's literary circle during the 1870s, wherein he honed his craft, before launching a stream of successful writings on the public during the 1880s. This procured for him fame, financial security and the means to travel. But the seeds of destruction were already in him-de Maupassant had lived a debauched life, dabbling in drugs, and contracted syphilis during his twenties. Towards the end of his short life, the disease attacked his brain, producing blinding headaches, then hallucinations. He cut his own throat, was declared insane, and died in an asylum in Paris in July 1893 at 42 years of age.” This fine edition limited to 300 copies. #40286

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