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Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary [le manuscrit. édition numérotée] - 2016

by Gustave Flaubert
the manuscript
Editions des Saint Pères
Limited edition n°4/1000
Flaubert's masterpiece in a luxurious box
Madame Bovary, the manuscript of Gustave Flaubert
In 1851, while Gustave Flaubert was immersed in the throes of writing his Temptation of Saint Anthony, his childhood friends, Louis Bouilhet – poet and playwright – and Maxime Du Camp – journalist and travel writer – , advise him to choose a less lyrical subject to compose his first novel. Flaubert seems to listen to them, despite his investment in his original project. In Genoa, at the Balbi palace, a painting by Pieter Brueghel the Younger indeed challenged him; just as the writings of Goethe and Byron brought him to this subject. However, Gustave Flaubert decides to follow the injunctions of his friends, and to be more interested in news items.

Several of them would then have caught his attention. The Eugène Delamare affair, first of all: the latter is a health officer whose young unfaithful wife, a peasant dazed by luxury, committed suicide, leaving debts and a little orphan behind her. The Marie Lafarge affair, which poisoned her husband in 1840, or that of Laquerrière, a farmer accused of having poisoned his wife with arsenic in 1848, would also have inspired him.

Gustave Flaubert immersed himself in these sordid stories, sharpened his pen and embarked on writing a new manuscript, which would launch his literary career: that of Madame Bovary.

Object Book
Number of Books 1
Subject Literature
Author/ Illustrator Gustave Flaubert
Book Title Madame Bovary [le manuscrit. édition numérotée]
Condition Very good
Publication year oldest item 2016
Edition Numbered edition
Language French
Original language Yes
Publisher Des Saints pères
Binding/ Material Hardback
Extras Numbered edition, Other - see description, With slipcase
Number of pages 496
Dimensions 35×25 cm
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