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Guy de Maupassant’s Moonlight

The Story


In this clip, Alan Maitland, as Front Porch Al, tells us the story Moonlight, by Guy de Maupassant.  It is the tale of a misogynist priest, the Abbé Marignan, who is ruled purely by reason, but whose view of life and love is influenced by the magic and splendour of moonlight.

Medium: Radio
Program: As It Happens
Broadcast Date: Aug. 2, 1993
Narrator: Alan Maitland
Duration: 10:51

Did You know?


• Guy de Maupassant was born Aug. 5, 1850, and died July 6, 1893 in Paris.

• Maupassant was introduced to Gustave Flaubert, who assumed the role of teacher to Maupassant, and in turn introduced him to literary contemporaries such as Emile Zola, Ivan Turgenev and Henry James.

• Maupassant's first critical acclaim was for a short story titled Boule de Suif, or Ball of Fat, which he contributed to a volume of stories on the Franco-German war, in 1880.


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