Gustave Flaubert

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Gustave Flaubert (December 12, 1821 – May 8, 1880) was a French writer who is counted among the greatest novelists in Western literature. He is known especially for his first published novel, Madame Bovary (1857), for his Correspondence, and for his scrupulous devotion to his art and style. more »

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  • ''It is the fault of fate.''
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Charles, in Madame Bovary (1856). On Emma's suicide.
  • ''And so I will take back up my poor life, so plain and so tranquil, where phrases are adventures and the only flowers I gather are metaphors.''
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Correspondance, letter, Jan. 14, 1857, to Elisa Schlesinger (1926). During the trial over Madame Bo...
  • ''One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.''
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Correspondance, letter, July 6, 1852, to Louise Colet, Conard (1926-1933).
  • There are in me, in literary terms, two distinct characters: one who is taken with roaring, with lyricism, with soaring aloft, with all the sonorities of phrase and summits of thought; and the other w...
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Correspondance, letter, Jan. 16, 1852, to Louise Colet (1926). While writing Madame Bovary.
  • ''I love my work with a frenetic and perverse love, as an ascetic loves the hair shirt which scratches his belly.''
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Letter, April 24, 1852, to Louise Colet, trans. by Stratton Buck (1966). Correspondance, II, p. 395, Co...
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