Guy de Maupassant: Sur l'eau [Afloat]

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  • Peter Cogman (University of Southampton)

Maupassant's Travel Writing: Sur l'eau [Afloat], Au soleil [Under the Sun] and La Vie errante [The Wandering Life]

Nineteenth-century French writers (Chateaubriand, Lamartine, Nerval, Flaubert in his letters) had frequently used a Mediterranean journey as material for a travel narrative. Always keen to maximise the profit from his writings, Maupassant exploited the journeys he made – for pleasure or for medical reasons as well as on journalistic missions – notably those to the Mediterranean: the South of France, Italy and Sicily, North Africa. These provided material for newspaper articles, later reworked in book form. The final book version is often misleadingly presented: Sur …

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Cogman, Peter. "Sur l'eau". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 May 2004
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]

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  1. Travel writing