Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893), after serving in the Franco-Prussian War, became a close friend of Flaubert and his circle. He wrote hundreds of short stories as well as novels and verse. In his later years, he suffered from mental illness, and he died in an asylum. RICHARD HOWARD is the author of seventeen volumes of poetry and has published more than one hundred fifty translations from the French, including, for NYRB, Marc Fumaroli's When the World Spoke French, Balzac's Unknown Masterpiece, and Maupassant's Alien Hearts. He has received a National Book Award for his translation of Les Fleurs du Mal and a Pulitzer Prize for Untitled Subjects, a collection of poetry. His most recent book of poems, inspired by his own schooling in Ohio, is A Progressive Education (2014).
"A novel containing such inconceivably beautiful sentences, I would have liked to memorize some. Its psychology sees to the very core of people and, in spite of that, touches them as if with the hand of a kindly old physician." --Walter Benjamin
"Alien Hearts is perhaps the book that one likes Maupassant best
for. The author's conception of love has sublimed itself into very
nearly the true form of
the Canticles and Shakespeare." --George Saintsbury "Eminent translator Howard gives a leavened, modern feel to Maupassant's weary tale of a young aristocratic loser infatuated with an on-the-rise Parisian salon hostess." --Publishers Weekly "Maupassant is the world's most accomplished of narrators." -Joseph Conrad "[Maupassant] is brilliantly clever." -Henry James "[Maupassant] is so relentlessly artistic that he puts the fear of philosophy in your heart." -The New York Times "This is classic Maupassant, beautifully rendered by Howard." -Harper's