Gustave Flaubert
Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert grew up in Rouen, France, and did not leave his birth city until he was 19 when he went to study law in Paris. After three years, however, Flaubert abandoned law and began writing. His first finished work was November, a novella. In September 1849, Flaubert completed the first version of a novel, The Temptation of Saint Anthony. His exploration of themes of spiritual torment was just the beginning of Flaubert's controversial subject choices. His frank and realistic display of the sex, adultery, and other goings-on in bourgeois France in Madame Bovary saw him go on trial for immorality, charges he only narrowly escaped. He died in 1880.

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Madame Bovary Cover
Author: Gustave Flaubert and Lydia Davis | Narrator: Kate Reading
Release Date: September 23, 2010
Now a major motion picture starring Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Laura Carmichael, Ezra Miller, and Rhys Ifans, and directed by Sophie Barthes   Emma Bovary is the original desperate housewife. Beautiful but bored, she is married to the provi...
Madame Bovary Cover
Madame Bovary Cover
Author: Gustave Flaubert, Robin Morgan and Mildred Marmur | Narrator: Claire Bloom
Release Date: September 17, 2008
For daring to peer into the heart of an adulteress and enumerate its contents with profound dispassion, the author of Madame Bovary was tried for "offenses against morality and religion." What shocks us today about Flaubert's devastatingly ...
Madame Bovary Cover