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Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880)

Author of Madame Bovary

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About the Author

Born in the town of Rouen, in northern France, in 1821, Gustave Flaubert was sent to study law in Paris at the age of 18. After only three years, his career was interrupted and he retired to live with his widowed mother in their family home at Croisset, on the banks of the Seine River. Supported by show more a private income, he devoted himself to his writing. Flaubert traveled with writer Maxime du Camp from November 1849 to April 1851 to North Africa, Syria, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. When he returned he began Madame Bovary, which appeared first in the Revue in 1856 and in book form the next year. The realistic depiction of adultery was condemned as immoral and Flaubert was prosecuted, but escaped conviction. Other major works include Salammbo (1862), Sentimental Education (1869), and The Temptation of Saint Antony (1874). His long novel Bouvard et Pecuchet was unfinished at his death in 1880. After his death, Flaubert's fame and reputation grew steadily, strengthened by the publication of his unfinished novel in 1881 and the many volumes of his correspondence. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Portrait de Gustave Flaubert par Etienne Carjat en 1860


Works by Gustave Flaubert

Madame Bovary (1857) 26,163 copies
Sentimental Education (1869) 4,228 copies
Three Tales (1877) — Author — 2,290 copies
Salammbô (1862) — Author — 1,866 copies
Bouvard and Pécuchet (1881) 1,207 copies
A Simple Heart (2004) — Author — 878 copies
Dictionary of Received Ideas (1913) 526 copies
Memoirs of a Madman (1838) 210 copies
November (1842) 204 copies
Correspondance (1953) 178 copies
Bibliomania: A Tale (1954) 158 copies
Voyage to the Orient (1910) 91 copies
100 Eternal Masterpieces of Literature - volume 1 (2017) — Contributor — 58 copies
Flaubert. Œuvres. Tome 1/2 (La Pléiade, 19 36) (1936) — Author — 50 copies
Flaubert : Oeuvres tome 2 (1936) — Author — 33 copies
Herodias (1926) 32 copies
Opere (1838-1862) vol. 1 (1997) 24 copies
Sentimental Education Vol 1 (1952) 16 copies
Opere vol. 2 - 1863-1880 (2000) 14 copies
Contes (1994) 14 copies
Madame Bovary / The Temptation of Saint Anthony (2015) — Author — 13 copies
OEuvres complètes (Tome 3-1851-1862) (2013) — Author — 13 copies
Intimate Notebook 1840-1841 (1967) 12 copies
Madame Bovary (2/2) (1970) — Author — 12 copies
Oeuvres complètes, tome 2 (1964) — Author — 10 copies
Leidenschaft und Tugend (1988) 9 copies
Spark Notes Madame Bovary (2002) 9 copies
Madame Bovary (1/2) (1904) — Author — 9 copies
Lettres d'Egypte (2002) 9 copies
Langs de Loire (1881) 8 copies
Œuvres complètes (Tome 4) (2021) — Author — 6 copies
Correspondance : Index (2007) — Author — 6 copies
Jules und Henry : Roman (1988) 6 copies
Über Gustave Flaubert. (1979) 6 copies
Romanzi (1992) 5 copies
Viaggio in Egitto (1998) 5 copies
מכתבים (2006) 5 copies
Madame Bovary / Salammbo (1975) 4 copies
Obras Completas I (2003) 4 copies
Cartas Exemplares (1993) 4 copies
Smar (2003) 4 copies
Oeuvres 4 copies
Voyages (2001) 4 copies
Salammbô (extraits) (1973) 3 copies
Contos Lendários (2011) 3 copies
BIR DELININ ANILARI (2010) 3 copies
Oeuvres, Vol I et II (1936) — Author — 3 copies
Drie vroege vertellingen (2011) 3 copies
Van Flaubert tot heden : Franse verhalen — Contributor — 3 copies
Aprendiz De Escritor (1976) 2 copies
Œuvres complètes (1964) 2 copies
Een interview (1990) 2 copies
Short Fiction (2022) 2 copies
Le Sottisier (1992) 2 copies
Madame Bovary. Level 6 (2016) 2 copies
Adolescencia 2 copies
Egipto "Viaje a Oriente" (2012) 2 copies
Cuentos 2 copies
OEuvre romanesque (1999) 2 copies
Voyage à Bordeaux (1993) 2 copies
Album Flaubert 2 copies
Correspondence (1981) 2 copies
Correspondencia íntima (1988) 2 copies
Madame Bovary (1856) — Auteur illustré — 2 copies
Le livre de demain: trois contes (1927) — Author — 2 copies
Madame Bovary (13/20) (2020) 1 copy
Pan©Ư Bovaryov©Ł (2016) 1 copy
" Madame Bovary", 1857, Gustave Flaubert (2014) — Contributor — 1 copy
Amor al Arte 1 copy
Théâtre 1 copy
Dos cuentos góticos (2022) 1 copy
Passione e virtú (1993) 1 copy
Zonja Bovari 1 copy
Oeuvres T5 1 copy
Oeuvres Completes, Tomes 1 (1964) — Author — 1 copy
Voyage en Palestine (2008) 1 copy
Trois Contes (2016) 1 copy
Œuvres 1 copy
PASION DE ESCRIBIR, LA (2000) 1 copy
Lettres inédites à Raoul-Duval (1950) — Author — 1 copy
Textes de jeunesse Tome 2 — Author — 1 copy
Opere 1 copy
Emma B Libertine (2013) 1 copy
Tagebücher 1 copy
Le Nil (2004) 1 copy
Jugendbriefe 1 copy
I capolavori 1 copy
Reisebriefe. (1921) 1 copy
CONTES (1960) 1 copy
En dåres hågkomster (2019) 1 copy
Belle-Isle (2003) 1 copy
Théâtre (1970) 1 copy
Dopisy 1 copy
Hjertets skole II — Author — 1 copy
Hjertets skole I — Author — 1 copy

Associated Works

Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contributor, some editions — 915 copies
French Stories (1960) — Contributor — 494 copies
A Treasury of Short Stories (1947) — Contributor — 293 copies
Weird Tales (1988) — Contributor — 266 copies
Love Letters (1996) — Contributor — 181 copies
The Penguin Book of International Gay Writing (1995) — Contributor — 177 copies
Short Novels of the Masters (1948) — Contributor — 154 copies
Candide [Norton Critical Edition, 1st ed.] (1966) — Contributor — 152 copies
French Short Stories (1998) — Contributor — 86 copies
The Apes of Wrath (2013) — Contributor — 66 copies
The Picador Book of Journeys (2001) — Contributor — 53 copies
Found in Translation (2018) — Contributor, some editions — 36 copies
Great French Short Novels (1952) — Contributor — 32 copies
The Book Lovers (1976) — Contributor — 26 copies
The Masterpiece Library of Short Stories Volumes 3 & 4 (1900) — Contributor — 17 copies
All verdens fortellere (1990) — Contributor, some editions — 15 copies
Flaubert par lui-même (1951) — Contributor — 11 copies
Verhalen uit de Franse romantiek (1983) — Contributor — 11 copies
L'Education Sentimentale (French Edition) (1983) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Snuggly Satanicon (2021) — Contributor — 6 copies
Der Rabe, Nr.47, Der Flaubert-Rabe (1996) — Contributor — 5 copies
Great Love Scenes from Famous Novels (1943) — Contributor — 5 copies
Prime Cuts: Words & Pictures #1 (1987) — Contributor — 3 copies
Ewiges Ãgypten (1962) — Contributor — 2 copies
Meesters der Franse vertelkunst (1950) — Contributor — 2 copies
Cuentos del mundo (2017) 1 copy
Narrativa romántica francesa — Contributor — 1 copy


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Madame Bovary: Part 3 in Group Reads - Literature (April 2011)
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A short sentimental story about a Victorian maid and her friendship with a parrot.
TheCrow2 | 22 other reviews | Apr 11, 2024 |
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher (Canterbury Classics) for promotional purposes.

What a tragic yet captivating tale!

I added this book to my “To Read” shelf on Goodreads way back in March of 2015. Now 9 years later I finally read it and I’m so glad I did.

There is nothing happy about this story, but it’s beautiful and intriguing in its own way. Immediately upon starting, I was pulled right into the story.

Madame Bovary is such a fascinating character. She’s not particularly likable, and that’s precisely why I liked her. She’s a complicated woman who makes numerous questionable decisions, but I find that makes for the most interesting of characters. I found myself constantly thinking about her and what I would do if I were in her shoes.

For a classic, the writing style is easy to read and follow but still elegant. I didn’t have trouble understanding what was going on. The chapters are fairly short which also helps.

I originally was going to give this book 4 stars, but after a few days of reflection, I decided I had to give it 5 stars. This is a story that will stick with me for a while.

Overall, I loved this story and I can’t believe it took me this long to read it. It was well worth the wait!
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oddandbookish | 389 other reviews | Mar 26, 2024 |
I was disappointed by this. Having listened to a 4 part podcast series on the first Punic War, which contained a number of dramatic readings from this book, I expected to find it more gripping. But now I have given up on it around a third of the way through. While Flaubert clearly researched the historical background very assiduously from Roman historian Polybius's work, the narrative reads like what we would now call an info dump, as though he was so determined to show off his research that he barely remembered to tell an actual story. I found it an uninteresting drag so cut my losses after chapter 5 of 15.… (more)
john257hopper | 28 other reviews | Mar 2, 2024 |
I'm glad I read Madam Bovary. I think I was expecting it to be more mannered and anchored in its time. It's a beautifully paced story where I could feel nearly 200 years of readers on the edge of their seats, wondering how this was going to turn out. I wondered too because Emma was at the same time predatory and submissive. Perhaps a modern, libidinous woman? I was distracted by the letter: thinking it would re-appear sooner than it did and thinking that it would blow everything apart - a turning point. But by the time it did re-appear, it was too late, and remarkably had no power. Instead, most of the motive forces in Madam Bovary were all about character. I say most because the death of Charles felt contrived and part of a general tidying-up by way of conclusion.
No doubt it could be seen as a moral tale in its day but again it's character that largely determines fate as in the case of Homais' fatuous triumph.

In my ignorance, I wonder what I'm missing, reading a translation when a writer is known for his style. What thrilled me was the way Flaubert chose what to describe. Thrilled not just as the exquisitely deft touch but also because the details conspired to draw the world into greater meaning.
Madam Bovary made for the kitchen fireplace. With the tips of her fingers she took hold of her dress at the knees, lifted it over her ankles and stretched out her black-booted foot to the fire, above the leg of mutton on the spit. (p. 92)
. Sometimes, the imagery is cinematic:
She made her way up the long drive, stumbling along among the heaps of dead leaves that were scattering in the wind. (p.324)

There were plenty of wonderful turns of phrase
She was as sated with him as he was tired of her. Emma had rediscovered in adultery all the banality of marriage. (p.301)
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simonpockley | 389 other reviews | Feb 25, 2024 |


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