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Gustave Flaubert


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

Died
May 08, 1880

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Gustave Flaubert 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. One of the most severe of academic c
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Quotes by Gustave Flaubert  (?)
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“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

“Do not read as children do to enjoy themselves, or, as the ambitious do to educate themselves. No, read 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

Polls

September 2015 Old School Classic Poll

1857, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, 329 pages
 
  33 votes, 21.9%

 
  25 votes, 16.6%

 
  23 votes, 15.2%

-850, The Odyssey by Homer, 560 pages
 
  19 votes, 12.6%

 
  15 votes, 9.9%

1853, Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell, 432 pages
 
  9 votes, 6.0%

1887, The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy, 464 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.6%

1833, Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac, 200 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.6%

1880, Heidi by Johanna Spyri, 352 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.6%

 
  3 votes, 2.0%

 
  3 votes, 2.0%

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