Un fou

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"Un fou"
Author Guy de Maupassant
Country France
Language French
Published in Le Gaulois
Publication date 1885
Preceded by "Imprudence"
Followed by "Tribunaux rustiques"

"Un fou" is a short story by French author Guy de Maupassant, published in 1885.

Guy de Maupassant French writer

Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant was a French writer, remembered as a master of the short story form, and as a representative of the naturalist school of writers, who depicted human lives and destinies and social forces in disillusioned and often pessimistic terms.

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History

The short story was first published in the newspaper Le Gaulois on September 2, 1885, before being reprised in the Monsieur Parent collection. [1]

<i>Le Gaulois</i> French daily newspaper (1868–1929)

Le Gaulois was a French daily newspaper, founded in 1868 by Edmond Tarbé and Henry de Pène. After a printing stoppage, it was revived by Arthur Meyer in 1882 with notable collaborators Paul Bourget, Alfred Grévin, Abel Hermant, and Ernest Daudet. Among its many famous contributing editors was Guy de Maupassant. Gaston Leroux's novel The Phantom of the Opera was first published as a serialization in its pages between September 1909 and January 1910.

This short story should not be confused with Un fou ?, published in 1884. The 1885 short story begins with the following words:

Il était mort chef d'un haut tribunal...

Synopsis

As secretary to a judge who is said to be an "honest magistrate whose irreproachable life was talked about in every court in France", a lawyer finds a strange journal.

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References

  1. Maupassant, Contes et nouvelles, II, Éditions Gallimard, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, 1979, (ISBN   978-2-07-010805-3)
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