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The Letters, 1830-1880

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Any reader should find here something of interest in Gustave Flaubert's letters, whether it be the intimate revelations of an original mind, the rich portrait of a time and place or the linguistic and stylistic brilliance of a great writer. The reader learns of the young Flaubert, unhappy at school, tormented as a lover. We travel with him to the temples and brothels of Eg ...more
Hardcover, 720 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Picador (first published February 25th 1980)
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Aug 22, 2012 Laurent rated it really liked it
Since Flaubert tried to separate his literary work from his private life this makes for a very enlightening read,
showing the (witty and somewhat flawed) man behind Madame Bovary, Bouvard & Pécuchet and other Classics.
In these Letters he speaks to friends and lovers about Art, Religion, Syphilis, Politics, Morality, losing friends, his family life, and his books
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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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