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Flaubert: A Life
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Publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux
Publication date May 1, 2002
Pages 413
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780374156275
ISBN-10 0374156271
Dimensions 1.50 by 6.50 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.70 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $27.00
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A portrait of the nineteenth-century French novelist documents his quiet life in the provinces with his mother, the agonizingly slow pace by which his works were written, his clashes with neighbors, his trips to Paris and the Mediterranean, and his friendship with Turgenev. 12,500 first printing.
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The life and times of the great French novelist

A blond giant of a man with green eyes and a resonant actor's voice, Gustave Flaubert, perhaps the finest French writer of the nineteenth century, lived quietly in the provinces with his widowed mother, composing his incomparable novels at a rate of five words an hour. He detested his respectable neighbors, and they, in turn, helped to ensure his infamy as a writer of immoral books. Geoffrey Wall's remarkable new biography weaves together the inner dramas of Flaubert's provincial life with the social intrigues of his regular escapes to Paris, where he became a friend to Turgenev and was praised by the emperor, and the flamboyant excitements of his travels throughout the Mediterranean, on which he kept company with courtesans, acrobats, gypsies, and simpletons.

Flaubert's contradictory experiences nurtured his peerless novels and stories, and Wall's dynamic interpretation of them gives us a new understanding of his sometimes pitiable, always unforgettable characters: an Egyptian hermit tormented by voluptuous visions, a melancholy doctor's wife eating arsenic to escape debt and despair, an old country woman who worships a stuffed parrot.

Wall's is the first full-fledged modern biography of this immeasurably talented and influential artist. Flaubert brilliantly re-creates the life and times of a writer who wrote to within an inch of his life and whose importance will never diminish.


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9780374156275 | details & prices | 413 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 1.50 in. | 1.70 lbs | List price $27.00
About: A portrait of the French novelist documents his quiet life in the provinces, the agonizingly slow pace by which his works were written, his clashes with neighbors, his trips to Paris and the Mediterranean, and his friendship with Turgenev.

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