Gustave Flaubert





Gustave Flaubert

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born
in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France
December 12, 1821

died
May 08, 1880

gender
male

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Gustave Flaubert (December 12, 1821 – May 8, 1880) is counted among the greatest Western novelists. He was born in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, in the Haute-Normandie Region of France.

Flaubert's curious modes of composition favored and were emphasized by these peculiarities. He worked in sullen solitude, sometimes occupying a week in the completion of one page, never satisfied with what he had composed, violently tormenting his brain for the best turn of a phrase, the most absolutely final adjective. It cannot be said that his incessant labors were not rewarded. His private letters show that he was not one of those to whom easy and correct language is naturally given; he gained his extraordinary perfection with the unceasing sweat of his brow. On...more


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More books by Gustave Flaubert…
“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
Gustave Flaubert

“Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.”
Gustave Flaubert

“Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.”
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Polls

September 2014 Old School Classic Poll

 
  52 votes, 23.1%

1856, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, 329 pages
 
  40 votes, 17.8%

1874, The Mysterious Island byJules Verne, 723 pages
 
  22 votes, 9.8%

1842, Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, 464 pages
 
  20 votes, 8.9%

 
  19 votes, 8.4%

 
  17 votes, 7.6%

 
  16 votes, 7.1%

1853, Villette by Charlotte Brontë, 573 pages
 
  13 votes, 5.8%

 
  12 votes, 5.3%

1853, Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, 257 pages
 
  12 votes, 5.3%

1862, No Name byWilkie Collins, 748 pages
 
  2 votes, 0.9%

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