Gustave Flaubert

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Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert
Born 12 December 1821(1821-12-12)
Rouen, France
Died 8 May 1880(1880-05-08) (aged 58)
Rouen, France
Occupation Novelist, playwright
Nationality French
Genres Fictional prose
Literary movement Realism, Romanticism


Gustave Flaubert (pronounced [gystaːv flobɛːʁ] in French) (December 12, 1821May 8, 1880) was a French writer. He is known especially for his first published novel, Madame Bovary (1857). He was very devoted to what he did, and always looked for the word that would best fit the context.

Important works[change | change source]

  • Rêve d'enfer, 1837
  • Memoirs of a Madman (1838; Mémoires d’un fou)
  • November (1842)
  • Madame Bovary (1857)
  • Salammbô (1862)
  • Sentimental Education (1869; L'Éducation sentimentale)
  • Le Candidat (vaudeville), 1874
  • The Temptation of Saint Anthony (1874; La Tentation de saint Antoine)
  • Three Tales (1877; Trois contes). "A Simple Heart", "Saint Julian" and "Herodias"
  • Le Château des cœurs (play), 1880
  • Bouvard et Pécuchet (1881)
  • Dictionary of Received Ideas (1911; Dictionnaire des idées reçues)
  • Souvenirs, notes et pensées intimes (1838–1841), 1965
  • Album, annoté par Jean Bruneau et Jean A. Ducourneau, 1972
  • Bibliomanie et autres textes 1836–1839, 1982