-A timeless masterpiece. First English translation (1886)–
Emma Bovary is stifled by provincial life as the wife of a doctor. An ardent devourer of sentimental novels, she seeks escape in fantasies of high romance, in voracious spending and, eventually, in adultery. Flaubert’s erotically charged and psychologically acute portrayal of a married woman’s affair caused a moral outcry on its publication in 1857. The novel is groundbreaking in its emphasis on the psychological and emotional lives of its characters.
Eleanor Marx-Aveling’s first English translation (1886), though over a hundred years old, is remarkably fresh and smooth, and is a pleasure even for modern readers.
Gustave Flaubert was born in Rouen in 1821. After illness interrupted a career in law, he retired to live with his widowed mother and devote himself to writing. His greatest works include Madame Bovary (1857), Sentimental Education (1857) and Bouvard et Pécuchet (1881). He achieved limited success in his own lifetime, but his fame and reputation grew steadily after his death in 1880.
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