Archives: Vocabulary

Holds our vocabulary (set of entities) and entity specific data


Normandy (; , pronounced , Norman: Nourmaundie, from Old French Normanz, plural of Normant, originally from the word for “northman” in several Scandinavian languages) is a geographical region of France corresponding to the former Duchy of Normandy. Since 1956, Normandy has been divided into two administrative regions: Lower Normandy and Upper Normandy; these will be …

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short stories

A short story is a brief work of literature, usually written in narrative prose. Emerging from earlier oral storytelling traditions in the 17th century, the short story has grown to encompass a body of work so diverse as to defy easy characterization. At its most prototypical the short story features a small cast of named …

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Boule de Suif

“Boule de Suif” (translated variously as “Dumpling”, “Butterball”, “Ball of Fat” or “Ball of Lard”) is a famous short story by the late-19th century French writer Guy de Maupassant first published on 15/16 April 1880. It is arguably his most famous short story and is the title story for his collection on the Franco-Prussian War, …

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Le Horla

“The Horla” (“Le Horla”) is an 1887 short horror story written in the style of a journal by French writer Guy de Maupassant, after an initial, much shorter version published in the newspaper Gil Blas, October 26, 1886. American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, in his survey “Supernatural Horror in Literature” (1927), provides an interpretation …

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victor hugo

Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo French poet, novelist, and dramatist (1802–1885)

Françoise Sagan

Françoise Sagan (; 21 June 1935 – 24 September 2004) – real name Françoise Quoirez – was a French playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. Hailed as “a charming little monster” by François Mauriac on the front page of Le Figaro, Sagan was known for works with strong romantic themes involving wealthy and disillusioned bourgeois characters. Her …

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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (), officially Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint Exupéry (29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944) was a French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate of several of France’s highest literary awards and also won the U.S. National Book Award. He is best remembered for his novella …

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