The Necklace Connections and Further Reading
by Guy de Maupassant

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(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Bloom, Harold, ed. Guy de Maupassant. Philadelphia, Chelsea House, 2004. Collection of essays on de Maupassant’s short fiction, divided into sections. The section on “The Necklace” includes a plot summary, a list of characters, a summary of critical views on the work, and four full essays relevant to the story.

Bryant, David. The Rhetoric of Pessimism and Strategies of Containment in the Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1993. Using several stories as examples, Bryant discusses de Maupaussant’s depiction of a world hostile to humanity. He describes three constants in the stories that contribute to de Maupassant’s overall unity of vision: the world as a metaphysical farce in which the narrator’s detachment transforms suffering, the power of chance, and writing as a response to fate.

MacNamara, Matthew. “A Critical Stage in the Evolution of Maupassant’s Story-Telling.” Modern Language Review 71, no. 2 (April, 1976): 294-303. Emphasizes the extent to which de Maupassant was influenced by oral tradition and spoken conversation.

Powys, John Cowper. “Guy de Maupassant.” In Essays on de Maupassant, Anatole France, and William Blake. Whitefish, Mont.: Kessinger, 2006. Highlights de Maupassant’s realist approach and his focus on physical reality.

Worth, George J. “The English ’Maupassant School’ of the 1890’s: Some Reservations.” Modern Language Notes 72, no. 5 (May, 1957): 337-340. Chronicles de Maupassant’s career and the metamorphosis of his anecdotal conversational style.

Bibliography and Further Reading

(Short Stories for Students)


James, Henry. ‘‘Guy de Maupassant,’’ reprinted in his Partial Portraits, Macmillan, 1888, pp. 243-87.

Prince, Gerald. ‘‘Nom et destin dans 'La Parure',’’ in The French Review, Vol. 55, 1982, pp. 267-71.

Sullivan, Edward D. ‘‘Maupassant et la nouvelle,’’ in Cahiers de l'association internationale des etudes francais, Vol. 27, pp. 223-36.

Further Reading

Artinian, Artine. "Introduction" in The Complete Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant, Hanover House, 1955, pp. ix-xvii.

An introduction to Maupassant's literary reputation, particularly in the United States.

Donaldson-Evans, Mary. ‘‘The Last Laugh: Maupassant's 'Les bijoux' and 'La parure',’’ in French Forum, Vol. 10, 1985, pp. 163-73.

Compares ‘‘The Necklace’’ to ‘‘Les bijoux,’’ another Maupassant story with similar themes, arguing for the superiority of the former based on its greater complexity.

Europe, no. 482, 1969.

A collection of essays in French on Maupassant and his works, which helped reestablish his literary reputation.

James, Henry. ‘‘Guy de Maupassant,’’ in Maupassant's The Odd Number, Harper & Brothers, 1889, pp. vii- xvii.

Also published in the October 19, 1889, edition of the influential periodical Harper's Weekly, this piece served as an introduction to American readers to the works of Maupassant.

O'Faolain, Sean. The Short Story, Devin-Adair, 1974.

In a section entitled ‘‘The Technical Struggle: On Subject,’’ O'Faolain addresses ‘‘The Necklace,’’ among other works, and argues that the story's merit lies not in its "whip-crack ending" but in Maupassant's portrayal of characters and society.

Steegmuller, Francis. Maupassant: A Lion in the Path, Collins, 1949.

Primarily a biography, this work relates much of Maupassant's fiction to his life through the device of psychoanalysis.

Sullivan, Edward D. Maupassant: The Short Stories, Barron's, 1962.

An introduction to Maupassant's contes and nouvelles, with some useful commentary on ‘‘The Necklace.’’

Thibaudet, Albert. "The Generation of 1850," in his French Literature from 1795 to Our Era, Funk & Wagnalls, 1968, pp. 263-359.

Offers an overview of the major figures and movements in French literature and contextualizes Maupassant's writings in terms of his contributions to literary development and his relationships with other authors.

For Further Reference

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Artinian, Artine, editor. The Complete Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant. Garden City, NY: Hanover House/Doubleday,...

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