• Title: Flaubert: A Biography
  • Author: Frederick Brown
  • ISBN: 9780316118781
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Flaubert A Biography by Frederick Brown Flaubert A Biography Gustave Flaubert , whose Madame Bovary outraged the right thinking bourgeoisie when it was first published in , is brought to life here in all his singularity and brilliance Frederick Brown s insightful portrayal is of an artist fraught with contradictions, his wit and bravado merging into vulnerability. Gustave Flaubert Biography Childhood, Life Achievements Gustave Flaubert Biography Gustave Flaubert was a French writer who is known to be one of the most potent authors of the western literature This biography offers detailed information on his childhood, life, achievements and timeline Famous Gustave Flaubert was a French prose writer considered to be one of the best western authors of his time. Flaubert A Biography Flaubert is a superb biography, not least because it gives us the portrait of a man embedded in his country and his age even as he rebels against its values and s Brown is masterly at drawing the background to his subject, social and political, writing with authority and an eye for the telling detail that compel fascination as well as respect. Gustave Flaubert French author Britannica Flaubert then retired with his mother and his infant niece to his estate at Croisset, near Rouen, on the Seine He was to spend nearly all the rest of his life there On a visit to Paris in July , at the sculptor James Pradier s studio, Flaubert met the poet Louise Colet. Gustave Flaubert Author Biography French novelist Gustave Flaubert, born in , is best known for his masterpiece Madame Bovary and is renowned as a classic French realist writer Born in , Gustave Flaubert is best known for his masterpiece Madame Bovary The French novelist wrote a number of other classics, however, and is renowned as the foremost expert of French realism. Flaubert Overview A Biography of Gustav Flaubert Gustave Flaubert Gustave Flaubert was a French novelist, most notable for being the leading exponent of literary realism in French literature He is known particularly for Madam Bovary Flaubert s influence on subsequent novels is vast. Flaubert A Biography by Herbert R Lottman Herbert Lottman was an American journalist and author who spend most of his life in France He majored in English and biology at the University of New York, graduating in and earned a master s in English from Columbia in In he moved to Paris and became the manager of the Paris branch of the publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Flaubert A Biography book by Frederick Brown Apr , Flaubert s literary struggles and relationships are the most fascinating part of this biography My gripes aside, this biography is densely in the best sense of the word and beautifully written Flaubert s best and not so great moments are limned gorgeously. Flaubert a biography Book, WorldCat Flaubert a biography Frederick Brown Gustave Flaubert, whose Madame Bovary outraged the right thinking bourgeoisie when it was first published in , is brought to life here in

    Flaubert A Biography Gustave Flaubert whose Madame Bovary outraged the right thinking bourgeoisie when it was first published in is brought to life here in all his singularity and brilliance Frederick Br
    Gustave Flaubert 1821 1880 , whose Madame Bovary outraged the right thinking bourgeoisie when it was first published in 1856, is brought to life here in all his singularity and brilliance Frederick Brown s insightful portrayal is of an artist fraught with contradictions, his wit and bravado merging into vulnerability A sedentary man by nature, Flaubert undertook epic voGustave Flaubert 1821 1880 , whose Madame Bovary outraged the right thinking bourgeoisie when it was first published in 1856, is brought to life here in all his singularity and brilliance Frederick Brown s insightful portrayal is of an artist fraught with contradictions, his wit and bravado merging into vulnerability A sedentary man by nature, Flaubert undertook epic voyages through Egypt and the Middle East He could be flamboyantly uncouth but was fanatically devoted to beautifully cadenced prose While energized by his camaraderie with male friends, who included Turgenev, the Goncourt brothers, Zola, and Maupassant, he depended upon the emotional nurture of maternal women, notably George Sand His assorted mistresses French, Egyptian, and English fed his richly erotic imagination and found their way into his fictional characters.Flaubert s time and place caused him to be literally put on trial for portraying lewd behavior in Madame Bovary His milieu also made him a celebrity and, indirectly, brought about his financial ruin, probably hastening his sudden death at the the age of fifty nine Although writing was something like torture for him, it preoccupied his mind and dominated his life He privately dreamed of popular success, which he in fact achieved with Madame Bovary, but adamantly refused to sacrifice to it his ideal of artistic integrity About Flaubert s life, inner world, times, and legacy, Frederick Brown s magisterial biography is a revelation.

    One Reply to “Flaubert: A Biography”

    1. I think the best biographies of Flaubert are the well-annotated editions of his letters - but I enjoyed Brown’s book. I found its summaries of 1830, ‘48, and ‘71 accessible, illuminating, and spurs to further reading.

    2. I love biography like this. Brown has written Flaubert's life so rich it becomes in part social portrait. Such events in the life of France as the great 1848 Revolution and the Franco-Prussian War are events affecting Flaubert, too, and so their detailed discussion adds to our understanding of the man. In telling Flaubert's story he has to tell France's, a double portrait. The same is true for the lives he touched. Ivan Turgenev, Louise Colet, George Sand, the Goncourts are given full, rounded t [...]

    3. Whew, this one took a while. The first hundred pages or so were a most effective soporific since they dealt with Flaubert's familial antecedents and the educational system of early nineteenth century France. However, once Gustave himself shows up the pace quickens and it becomes a much more interesting read. I particularly appreciated the mix of social, cultural, and political history that occurred throughout Flaubert's life. The fact that he was put on trial for obscenity after the publication [...]

    4. the master realist who fled from reality Gustave Flaubert has never occupied a central place in my thoughts, nor in my reading experience. However, he is known as the teacher or inspiration for a legion of famous writers---Zola, de Maupassant, Turgenev, Daudet, Kafka, Vargas Llosa and many a 20th century French philosopher. "Madame Bovary" is on everyone's list of great novels of world literature. So, I decided to read Brown's FLAUBERT to find out more about this author because I knew very littl [...]

    5. A thoroughly research, beautifully biography of the man, but unfortunately Brown seems to forget that Flaubert was also a writer. I can identify Flaubert's dinner partners and the salons he frequented, etc but Brown doesn't explain the writer. Why, for example, did the story of Salambo resonate with F? What circumstances in his life prompted him to invest years of labor in his novel about St. Anthony? And so on. I have developed my own guesses from the material Brown presented, but my capacity t [...]

    6. This review originally ran in the Houston Chronicle: Gustave Flaubert claimed to have read 1,500 books while doing the research for his novel Bouvard et Pécuchet, Frederick Brown tells us. While working on La Tentation de Saint Antoine, Flaubert "immersed himself in scholasticism, the lives of the saints, and whatever he could find on early Christian heresies." Even his short story "Hérodias" "was distilled from hundreds of pages of notes on Roman administration, biblical toponymy, numismatics [...]

    7. Geoffrey Wall's 2002 biography, Flaubert: A Life, sought to unwrap the inscrutable author through Freudian analysis, but critics seem to prefer Brown's more straightforward approach. The literary biographer__see Brown's Zola: A Life (1995)__delivers the earthier elements of Flaubert's story with panache and marshals an impressive array of research on French history to provide rich context for his story. If Brown has a tendency toward an overwhelmingly detailed exegesis of Flaubert's works, it's [...]

    8. It took forever to finish this. A lot about the history of the period and lives of those around the author, so much that one often wonders why it is necessary. Flaubert seems to have been something of a ladies man although he never married. His joy in women is made clear in his letters and relationships. For a man who led such a frolicing early life, this particular biography is kind of lethargic.

    9. Loved it for the subject matter. The form I was less enamored with. Could have used more in-depth view of the people who remained important presences in Flaubert's life, and shorter digressions on political/social context and celebrities who briefly pop into and out of the narrative. But it is hard to find fault with a fellow Flaubert-lover.

    10. Excellent biography of Flaubert. Somewhat excessive in detail on the minutiae of Flaubert's personal life and the events of his era at the expense of his writing and intellectual life, but very authoritative.

    11. Very comprehensive and includes more quotes from his letters than the Geoffrey Wall biography, which is more direct and refreshing. Brown's writing style can be convoluted and cumbersome but the material itself is extremely satisfying.

    12. I have not finished reading it. I have a lot of post-its to return to and start my review which should be by the end of the week. First draft due on or about February 15, 2010.

    13. The best part is reading how middle-class, well-educated young adults in the mid-1800s mulled over the same things we do-- what should I do with my life, should I go to law school, etc?

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