First published in the French newspaper Le Gaulois on October 26, 1887; This publication features original artwork by Jakob Grim.

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The Horla

What a lovely day! I have spent all the morning lying on the grass in front of my house, under the enormous plantain tree which covers and shades and shelters the whole of it. I like this part of the country; I am fond of living here because I am attached to it by deep roots, the profound and delicate roots which attach a man to the soil on which his ancestors were born and died, to their traditions, their usages, their food, the local expressions, the peculiar language of the peasants, the smell of the soil, the hamlets, and to the atmosphere itself.


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Guy de Maupassant
Guy de Maupassant
Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893) was a French author and one of the masters of the short story genre. He is considered to be a major figure in French literature and is best known for his tales of everyday life, which often highlight the ironies and tragedies of human existence. Many of his works, such as "Boule de Suif" and "The Necklace", have become classics and have been translated into multiple languages. Maupassant was known for his simple, direct style, his ability to create memorable characters, and his insight into the complexities of human nature.