A Day in the Country and Other Stories (Oxford World's by Guy de Maupassant

By Guy de Maupassant

[Translated by way of David Coward]

In addition to the name tale, this option of twenty-seven tales comprises certainly one of Maupassant's most famed stories, "The Necklace," and "Le Horla," a story with unusual parallels to the author's personal descent into insanity, in addition to many different provocative and sometimes chilling works--spanning the entire variety of human experiences--from low farce, to excessive tragedy.

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Hardy and his wife settle in London in the area of Wadsworth Common for three years. Hardy socializes with a number of writers in London. 1880 The Trumpet-Major, a historical novel set in the Napoleonic era, is published. Hardy suffers from an undiagnosed debilitating illness and is confined to bed for many months. During this time he dictates a novel, A Laodicean, to his wife. 1881 Hardy and his wife, their marriage strained, leave London for the town of Wimborne in Dorset. Hardy researches a novel on astronomy, to be titled Two on a Tower; it will be published in 1882.

The theme of belatedness runs throughout Hardy, with missed chances and grave consequences. As Angel tells Tess, 舠This hobble of being alive is rather serious舡 (p. 153). Yet worse than misfortune is the desolation that follows, to the point of numbness: apathy on Tess舗s part and neglect on the part of others. 舡 Or, as Hardy puts it in Tess: 舠The world舗s concern at her situation舒was founded on an illusion舡 (p. 113). Hardy舗s poem 舠Tess舗s Lament舡 dwells principally on his heroine舗s early sense of self-blame舒舠And it was I who did it all, / Who did it all; 舗Twas I who made the blow to fall / On him who thought no guile舡舒and subsequent wish for oblivion舒舠I cannot bear my fate as writ, / I舗d have my life unbe舡 (see The Complete Poems).

David Galef has published nine books: the novels Flesh and Turning Japanese; two children舗s books, The Little Red Bicycle and Tracks; two translations of Japanese proverbs, Even Monkeys Fall from Trees and Even a Stone Buddha Can Talk; a work of literary criticism, The Supporting Cast; an edited anthology of essays called Second Thoughts: A Focus on Rereading; and, most recently, the short-story collection Laugh Track. In addition, he has written more than seventy short stories for magazines ranging from the British Punch to the Czech Prague Revue, the Canadian Prism International, and the American Shenandoah.

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