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Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert

 Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert was born in Rouen, France, in 1821 into a bourgeois family background, which he soon rebelled against. He started writing from an early age but had a very rebellious attitude at school and was expelled. He studied Law in Paris but in 1844, he was diagnosed as suffering a "nervous disease" (it could have been epilepsy) which he saw as a threat to his faculties, and this changed his life. He failed his university exams and decided to devote himself to writing. His father helped him do so by buying him a house on the river Seine. In 1846, he started an affair with the writer Louise Collet, which ended in 1855. After the death of both his father and his married sister, Flaubert moved to the family home in Croisset, where he wrote all of his books, and lived with his mother until the age of 50. Between November 1849 and April 1851, he travelled with the writer Maxime du Camp. Together, they visited North Africa, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Israel, etc. On his return, he started writing "Madame Bovary", which took 5 years to finish. It first appeared in "Revue de Paris" in 1856 and in a two-volume book the following year. The realistic depiction of adultery was condemned as offensive to morality and religion and Flaubert was prosecuted, but he escaped conviction. In the 1860's, Flaubert enjoyed success as a writer and intellectual at the court of Napoleon III, counting Zola and George Sand amongst his close friends. His non-literary life was marked by his prodigious appetite for prostitutes, which occasionally led to veneral infections. His last years were shadowed by financial worries. His style, in which the writer should not judge, teach or explain, but remain neutral, gained him great appraisal by the new school of naturalism. Some of his greatest works include "Salammbô" and "L'éduaction sentimentale". He spent the last few years of his life nicknamed "hermit of Croisset" and died in relative poverty on 8 May 1880.

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English as foreign language : Accessible Original Literature

Ages 15-16

136483 Madame Bovary £9.75

French : Graded Readers


La Spiga - Améliore ton français (C1 - C2)

This series consists of works chosen from the great classics of French literature - some complete and some shortened - to help learners appreciate the language and style of French literature. Footnote...


340651 Un coeur simple £4.55

Lectures CLE en français facile

An eclectic collection of readers - fiction and non-fiction - designed to appeal to a wide range of tastes and ages. Every title has the following features: an introduction to the text and author, sup...


003717 Madame Bovary - Livre + audio online £5.85
003849 Madame Bovary - Livre + CD MP3 £8.70

La Spiga Readers - Lectures sans frontières (B1 - B2)

A selection of texts taken chosen from the classics of French literature. The texts are abridged and simplified but retain the style of the original genre allowing the reader to appreciate the languag...


004369 L'éducation sentimentale + CD £4.40

Young Adult ELI Readers - French

A series of beautifully illustrated literary classics, specially adapted for language learners. Each book comes with an audio recording of the text, read by a native speaker, provided either on CD (an...


002918 L'Éducation sentimentale + downloadable audio £10.75
002852 Madame Bovary + downloadable audio £10.75

French : Classics/Modern Classics

Penguin Little Black Classics

A collection of classic titles to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Penguin Books....


050070 A Simple Heart £0.90
050290 Madame Bovary £7.99
131729 Madame Bovary (English) £9.99
050299 Sentimental Education £10.99

French : Commentaries

109436 Etude sur Flaubert, Madame Bovary £10.75
109437 Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary : 40 questions, 40 réponses £9.75
005086 Madame Bovary £6.75
109432 Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert : lire, écrire, publier £10.50

French : CDs/audiobooks

107912 Bouvard et Pécuchet £32.95
072135 Madame Bovary £19.75
112359 Salammbo (Lu par Eric Herson-Macarel) £20.50
152053 Un coeur simple (Lu par Hél £15.50
076402 Un coeur simple, lu par Marie-Christine Barrault £9.90

French : Non-Fiction

009240 "Nous allions à l'aventure par les champs et par les grèves" £6.10

French : Short Stories

005272 Trois contes £3.20
119072 Trois contes £4.10
006424 Trois contes £4.45
009657 Trois contes £3.35
144697 Un coeur simple £10.75
190713 Un coeur simple £3.00
343513 Un coeur simple £2.95

French : Classics/Modern Classics

Ages 11-14

318924 Un coeur simple + notes, questionnaires et dossier par M Robinot-Bichet £3.00

Ages 15-16

334189 L'éducation sentimentale £5.00
109439 Madame Bovary £7.70
004428 Madame Bovary £4.45
076689 Madame Bovary £6.90


007080 Bouvard et Pécuchet £9.95
110508 Bouvard et Pécuchet £6.95
118075 Correspondance £17.95
005271 L'éducation sentimentale £7.55
006147 L'éducation sentimentale £9.90
009656 L'éducation sentimentale £7.10
295005 La légende de Saint Julien l'Hospitalier £4.10
006215 La tentation de saint Antoine £9.65
327537 Madame Bovary £3.10
009655 Madame Bovary £5.75
109633 Madame Bovary £6.55
151351 Madame Bovary £6.20
005988 Madame Bovary £5.55
007439 Madame Bovary £5.80
006051 Madame Bovary £5.95
132321 Madame Bovary, moeurs de province £9.95
074464 Oeuvres 1 £52.00
121926 Oeuvres complètes vol. II et III (1845-1862) Coffret £150.00
005256 Salammbô £11.75
007819 Salammbô £9.95
007381 Trois contes £3.70
144245 Trois contes £5.30
006573 Trois contes £2.90
007821 Un coeur simple £2.90
008184 Un coeur simple £4.55

French : Drama

334701 Le candidat £12.75
102823 Le candidat : comédie en quatre actes £6.20

French : Biography, Memoirs

007820 Voyage en Orient £19.50

German : Classics/Modern Classics

110742 Bouvart und Pécuchet £11.50
151612 Madame Bovary £7.20

Italian : Classics/Modern Classics

031780 L'educazione sentimentale £11.95
036521 Madame Bovary £10.95
030731 Madame Bovary £9.95

Russian : Classics/Modern Classics

Eksmo Modern Foreign Classics (Russian translations)

Izdatelstvo Eksmo covers about 20% of the Russian book market, making Eksmo the leading publishing house in Russia. Below you will find a large selection of paperback literature in Russian, published ...


043746 Gospozha Bovari £7.85
045216 Gospozha Bovari £13.95

Spanish : Classics/Modern Classics

320180 Tres cuentos £2.95

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