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Spanning Flaubert's life from adolescence to his years of fame as a writer, this collection of letters is a compelling portrait of the artist. There are early letters imbued with the intensity of adolescent friendships; reports from the Orient that bring to life an exotic place where the picturesque, the sentimental, and the erotic gloriously coexist; and accounts of the ...more
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 464 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published January 1st 1953)
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Kevin
Oct 31, 2011 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that made me want to learn to read French. Not that there is anything lacking in Steegmuller's translation, (it is engaging and steeped in Flaubert's style and context), it was just that "Selected" word -- there were letters that survived that I could not read because I did not understand French and that must not be allowed to remain so!
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Feb 23, 2012 Abimelech Abimelech rated it it was amazing
'As I set out so shall I return, except there are a few less hairs on my head and considerably more landscapes within it.'
Angus
Jul 06, 2013 Angus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
shows a glimpse of Flaubert's intellect but this particular edition is rather cheap. The translation is a bit rough around the edges, the selection is fairly slight and the discourse between correspondents is only presented unilaterally, when in some instances you really would like to know what Flaubert was responding to, or how people responded to him.
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Mar 12, 2008 matt Sandler rated it it was amazing
not sure if this is the version I have. He says really incredible/beautiful things about art. Makes for good occasional reading cause its letters. Provinces/Paris/the Levant are the scenery.
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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,
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