We have updated our Privacy Policy Please take a moment to review it. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the terms of our updated Privacy Policy.

Mademoiselle Perle and Other Stories (riverrun editions)

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781787479289

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 6th February 2020

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fiction: Special Features / Short Stories

Select a format:


Disclosure: If you buy products using the retailer buttons above, we may earn a commission from the retailers you visit.

A priest receives an unexpected visitor from his past.

A triumphant celebration ends in murder.

A doctor tells of an unrequited love that only ended with death.

Maupassant’s direct treatment of sex and sexuality, and his insistence that the artist’s primary duty was faithfulness to his own perceptions, made his work a challenge to many of his nineteenth-century English readers, but in Henry James’s view, his vision was, ‘altogether of this life’.

His stories may have mystified contemporary moralists, but he was championed by writers who admired his resistance to self-censorship and applauded the economy of his style. In this new selection of his best stories, the sensitive and faithful translations of Ada Galsworthy and Elsie Martindale Hueffer show why writers like Conrad (whose preface is included) and Ford Madox Ford revered Maupassant’s work.