Gustave Flaubert

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Gustave Flaubert
Gustave Flaubert
Gustave Flaubert
Born(1821-12-12)12 December 1821
Rouen, France
Died8 May 1880(1880-05-08) (aged 58)
Rouen, France
OccupationNovelist, playwright
GenreFictional prose
Literary movementRealism, Romanticism

Gustave Flaubert (pronounced [gystaːv flobɛːʁ] in French) (12 December 1821 – 8 May 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. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage.

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