Bel Ami: The History of a Scoundrel

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The Floating Press, Jun 1, 2009 - Fiction - 309 pages
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Bel Ami was the second published novel by French writer Guy de Maupassant. The novel's hero, journalist Georges Duroy, rises from his humble beginnings to become one of the most powerful men in Paris. He works his way to the top by carefully choosing and manipulating powerful and wealthy mistresses.
 

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Contents

Chapter I Poverty
5
Chapter II Madame Forestier
22
Chapter III First Attempts
36
Chapter IV Duroy Learns Something
48
Chapter V The First Intrigue
58
Chapter VI A Step Upward
86
Chapter VII A Duel with an End
108
Chapter VIII Death and a Proposal
125
Chapter XI Madame Walter Takes a Hand
179
Chapter XII A Meeting and the Result
200
Chapter XIII Madame De Marelle
214
Chapter XIV The Will
235
Chapter XV Suzanne
250
Chapter XVI Divorce
271
Chapter XVII The Final Plot
284
Chapter XVIII Attainment
296

Chapter IX Marriage
146
Chapter X Jealousy
170

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About the author (2009)

Henry-René-Albert-Guy de Maupassant was born on August 5, 1850 in France. He was schooled at a seminary in Yvetot and Le Harve. He fought in the Franco-German War, then held civil service posts with the Ministry of the Navy and the Ministry of Public Instruction. He also worked with Gustave Flaubert, who helped him develop his writing talent and introduced him to many literary greats. During his lifetime, he wrote six novels, three travel books, one book of verse, and over 300 short stories. He is considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. His works include The Necklace, A Piece of String, Mademoiselle Fifi, Miss Harriet, My Uncle Jules, Found on a Drowned Man, and The Wreck. He suffered from mental illness in his later years and attempted suicide on January 2, 1892. He was committed to a private asylum in Paris, where he died on July 6, 1893.

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