Gustave Flaubert


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

Died
May 08, 1880

Genre

Influences


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
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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.”
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“Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.”
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September 2017 Revisit the Shelf Poll

 
  48 votes, 14.1%

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, 329 pages, 1856
 
  47 votes, 13.8%

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, 393 pages, 1938
 
  38 votes, 11.1%

 
  28 votes, 8.2%

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, 1037 pages, 1936
 
  25 votes, 7.3%

The Odyssey by Homer, 541 pages, -800
 
  25 votes, 7.3%

 
  22 votes, 6.5%

 
  21 votes, 6.2%

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, 320 pages, 1925
 
  16 votes, 4.7%

Middlemarch by George Eliot, 904 pages, 1871
 
  16 votes, 4.7%

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, 945 pages, 1985
 
  15 votes, 4.4%

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, 672 pages, 1859
 
  14 votes, 4.1%

Heidi by Johanna Spyri, 352 pages, 1880
 
  14 votes, 4.1%

 
  12 votes, 3.5%

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