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Madame Bovary : life in a country town
Flaubert, Gustave, 1821-1880.
Uniform Title:
Madame Bovary. English
Publication Information:
Oxford [England?] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xi, 383 pages ; 17 cm.
Reading Level:
1150 Lexile.
Format :


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X Adult Fiction Classics

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Echoing the original World's Classics series, this title is one of an initial batch of 6 mini hardbacks produced to a gift book standard with stitched binding, head and tail bands, printed on 60msg paper and featuring matt laminated jackets in a retro look design. The translation is not byAnita Brookner, whose latest novel Falling Slowly, appears in January 1999 (Random House). Instead, the classic 1949 Gerard Hopkins translation of Flaubert's great novel Madame Bovary is supplemented by an introduction by Anita Brookner, whose latest novel Falling Slowly, appears in January 1999(Random House).

Author Notes

Born in the town of Rouen, in northern France, in 1821, Gustave Flaubert was sent to study law in Paris at the age of 18. After only three years, his career was interrupted and he retired to live with his widowed mother in their family home at Croisset, on the banks of the Seine River. Supported by a private income, he devoted himself to his writing.

Flaubert traveled with writer Maxime du Camp from November 1849 to April 1851 to North Africa, Syria, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. When he returned he began Madame Bovary, which appeared first in the Revue in 1856 and in book form the next year. The realistic depiction of adultery was condemned as immoral and Flaubert was prosecuted, but escaped conviction.

Other major works include Salammbo (1862), Sentimental Education (1869), and The Temptation of Saint Antony (1874). His long novel Bouvard et Pecuchet was unfinished at his death in 1880. After his death, Flaubert's fame and reputation grew steadily, strengthened by the publication of his unfinished novel in 1881 and the many volumes of his correspondence.

(Bowker Author Biography)