Guy de Maupassant, Boule de Suif

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“Boule de Suif” was first published in the collective volume

Les Soirées de Médan[The Médan Soirées]

: the title refers to Émile Zola’s house some 40 km outside Paris, and suggests the existence of a homogeneous literary group gathered round their Naturalist master; but it also echoes

Les Soirées de Neuilly

, a collection of short pieces in dramatic form by Adolphe Dittmer and Edmond Cavé, published in 1827 under the pseudonym of Monsieur de Fongeray, which satirised political opportunism and religious hypocrisy in the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo. The stories in the volume by Zola and five younger writers, like the sketches of “M. de Fongeray”, question comfortable patriotic assumptions and offer a demythificatory realistic and sometimes comic reminder of the…

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Citation: Cogman, Peter. "Boule de Suif". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 January 2004 [, accessed 15 June 2024.]

11358 Boule de Suif 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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