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Robert Louis Stevenson and the Well-Springs of Story

November 14th 2016

CHARLES E. MAY looks for the birth of the modern short story in ‘A Lodging for the Night’ by Robert Louis Stevenson: ‘…its source is in language, the narrative impulse, and what it depicts is not reality but the perception of reality made by one in the process of making a story…’

The Art of Description

March 7th 2016

ALLYSON DOWLING looks at the evocative description in ‘Boule de Suif’ by Guy de Maupassant: ‘Maupassant was incapable of writing a dull sentence. His prose is naturalistic, full of finely wrought and vivid detail…’

A Mother of Monsters

September 18th 2013

BELLA REID introduces us to ‘A Mother of Monsters’ by French 19th century author Guy de Maupassant: ‘It is very nearly a horror story; I was twelve when I first read it and, at that age, it was the most shocking thing I’d come across…’

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