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A Life

The Humble Truth

Guy de Maupassant
Translated and edited by Roger Pearson

28 May 2009

ISBN: 9780199555512

288 pages

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99



The first of Maupassant's six novels, A Life (Une Vie) (1883) is the story of Jeanne de Lamare, the only daughter of wealthy Norman aristocrats whose life is beset by treachery and disillusion.

About the Author(s)

Guy de Maupassant

Translated and edited by Roger Pearson, Professor of French at the University of Oxford and Praelector in French, The Queen's College, Oxford


"In general, he [Pearson] shows himself sensitive to the various registers that Maupassant employs, and manages to convey the wistful flavour of this story of a largely disappointing life." - Robin Buss, TLS

"It is possible to smile at the consistently downbeat tone, while at the same time admiring this finely constructed, austerely written tale." - Robin Buss, TLS