Maupassant, Guy de (1850-93), a French author, was born in Normandy. He fought in the Franco-German War, and then fell under the influence of Flaubert. As a writer he belongs to the naturalistic school. He wrote a play, some lyrics, and many novels, some of the latter being La Maison Tellier, Contes et Nouvelles, Pierre et Jean, and Fort comme la Mort. Towards the end of his life his mind gave way.