Carteret, II, 122; Vicar, V, 622-623; Clouzot, 198.
"... this short story is a summary of the Maupassantian themes: the difficulty of the coexistence of the sexes and the power of the doubt that invades human relationships, the disturbing strangeness of the figures of motherhood, the uncertainty of fatherhood, and last but not least, the enigma of the woman" (Éditions de l' Herne)
The useless beauty is one of the eleven short stories that form this collection which is the last volume published during Maupassant' s lifetime.
Exceptional exemplary, enriched by an autograph signed on the false title: "To Octave Uzanne, his friend Guy de Maupassant"
The rich Octave Uzanne Library, which was scattered in 1894, contained no less than 14 titles by Guy de Maupassant, all dedicated to the collector.
First sheets reinforced on the inner margin at the time of binding, back slightly passed.