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The Complete Short Stories Of Guy de Maupassant Kindle Edition
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There are many editions of his stories. Virtually all are not complete, but this 1903 edition is complete. It contains de Maupassant's ten books in 1003 pages where the writing is in two columns, equal to just over 2000 pages. I counted 233 very nice stories.
This volume contains approximately 180 translated stories, and the translations are mostly mediocre. Maupassant wrote almost 400 short stories in a ten year period, only about two-thirds of which have been officially published in posterity. I, and I'm sure a number of other fans, am interested in obtaining as many of these stories as possible, a feat which I'm beginning to believe is impossible.
I have multiple copies of the 1903 edition published by M. Walter Dunne that contain over 230 very-well-translated stories. This is the most "Complete" (or "Entire") volume I have found. I will continue my quest to find the remaining 150 or so stories that have been eluding me for years.
I give it three stars because Maupassant's stories are very good even when the translations leave something to be desired!
You can save yourself $50 by simply going to the Project Gutenberg site and downloading the text for these 180 stories and with a little trickery with the Search-and-Replace function of your favorite word-processor you can produce this volume for free.
One last note: The pages are approximately 8.5" x 11". The text stretches across the ENTIRE WIDTH of the pages. This is much too wide for reading a book, expecially fiction. They either should have used smaller paper (6x9 or trade paperback size) or printed two columns per page.
BUT, before you did, you churned out a Magnificent Treasure Trove of Stories for which the World is Eternally Grateful!