|News Display: Gustave Flaubert Is Born|
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Description/Abstract: News Display: Gustave Flaubert Is Born, Monday, 12/12
Gustav Flaubert, influential French novelist and force behind literary realism, was born in Rouen on December 12, 1821. A surgeon's son, Flaubert intended to study law in Paris but left, suffering with epilepsy, to become a writer in a small town outside the city of his birth. He is best known for his novel, Madame Bovary (1856), which took five years to write and was serialized and published as a novel, bringing him to trial on charges of immorality. The novel tells the story of bourgeois life, following the affairs of a provincial, adulterous doctor's wife.
Flaubert is recognized as one of the great Western novelists, using perfect attention to detail in his writing, deep characterization, and elegance in describing simple, everyday life. His other works include include Salammbo (1862), an historical novel about ancient Carthage; Sentimental Education, about the July 1848 French uprising; and the collection Three Tales.
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