Madame Bovary

ISBN-10: 0553213415
ISBN-13: 9780553213416
Edition: 1972
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Description: This exquisite novel tells the story of one of the most compelling heroines in modern literature--Emma Bovary. Unhappily married to a devoted, clumsy provincial doctor, Emma revolts against the ordinariness of her life by pursuing voluptuous dreams  More...

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Book details

List price: $5.95
Copyright year: 1972
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/1/1982
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 4.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

This exquisite novel tells the story of one of the most compelling heroines in modern literature--Emma Bovary. Unhappily married to a devoted, clumsy provincial doctor, Emma revolts against the ordinariness of her life by pursuing voluptuous dreams of ecstasy and love. But her sensuous and sentimental desires lead her only to suffering corruption and downfall. A brilliant psychological portrait, Madame Bovary searingly depicts the human mind in search of transcendence. Who is Madame Bovary? Flaubert's answer to this question was superb: "Madame Bovary, c'est moi." Acclaimed as a masterpiece upon its publication in 1857, the work catapulted Flaubert to the ranks of the world's greatest novelists. This volume, with its fine translation by Lowell Bair, a perceptive introduction by Leo Bersani, and a complete supplement of essays and critical comments, is the indispensable Madame Bovary.

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 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.

Introduction
Dedication
Madame Bovary Part One
Biographical Sketch
Critical Supplement
The Novelist on His Art
Contemporary Views
Emile Zola: Gustave Flaubert
Guy De Maupassant: Essay on Gustave Flaubert
Henry James: Gustave Flaubert
Modern Critical Comment
Harry Levin: Madame Bovary: The Cathedral and the Hospital
Erich Auerbach: Realism In Madame Bovary
Victor Brombert: Pattern of Imagery: Her Dreams Too High, Her House Too Narrow
Martin Turnell: The Weaknesses of Madame Bovary
Jean-Paul Sartre: Class Consciousness In Flaubert
Gerard Genette: Flaubert's Silences
Selected Bibliography

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