Madame BovaryBy Gustave FlaubertEmma, the main heroine of the novel Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, is bored with the emptiness and ordinariness of the provincial life, so she engages in the extramarital affair hoping to change the circumstances. After the book had been published, the author and two editors were accused of the moral abuse and brought to trial. But the trial ended in acquittal, and the scandalous reputation made the novel widely popular. The true value of the work by Gustave Flaubert is in its details and manner of a plot delivery.
A beautiful edition of one of the most scandalous, and most important, novels ever written.
Gustave Flaubert was born in Rouen, France, in December 1821. The son of a surgeon, he is said to have begun writing at a very early age and attended school at the Lycee Pierre Corneille in Rouen. He moved to Paris in 1840 to study law but left intermittently to travel and, after a period of ill health, departed for good in 1846. Thereafter he devoted himself to writing and completed Madame Bovary in 1856. The novel was published to great scandal and acclaim, and Flaubert became a celebrated literary figure. His reputation was cemented with Salammbo (1862) and Sentimental Education (1869). He died in 1880, leaving his last work, Bouvard et Pecuchet, unfinished.