“The Diamond Necklace” Audio
“The Diamond Necklace” (La Parure) is a short story by French author Guy de Maupassant, considered a master of the form. A 19th-century Naturalist author, de Maupassant was a protégé of Gustave Flaubert and was prolific in his writing, penning over three hundred short stories before his death, many of which inspired film adaptations. A great fan of both William Shakespeare and Honoré de Balzac, his work in turn influenced many other famed writers of short stories, including Somerset Maugham and O. Henry. Indeed, even the celebrated ending of Henry James’s Paste is considered to owe a debt to The Diamond Necklace (see if you can spot why this is so). La Parure was first published in 1884 in the French newspaper, Le Gaulois, and has become one of De Maupassant’s most popular tales.
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