Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant (5 August 1850 – 6 July
1893) was a popular 19th-century French writer. He is one of the
fathers of the modern short story. A protege of Flaubert,
Maupassant's short stories are characterized by their economy of
style and their efficient effortless dénouement. He also wrote six
short novels. A number of his stories often denote the futility of
war and the innocent civilians who get crushed in it - many are set
during the Franco-Prussian War of the 1870s.