Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert

Born: December 12, 1821

Died: May 8, 1880

Nationality: French

Occupation: Novelist, playwright

Biography: Gustave Flaubert was a French writer who is counted among the greatest Western novelists. He is known especially for his first published novel, Madame Bovary, for his Correspondence, and for his scrupulous devotion to his art and style.

Source/Notes: In French: "Un ami qui meurt c'est quelque chose de vous qui meurt." Source: "La correspondance de Flaubert", compiled by Charles Carlut, Ohio State University Press, 1968
Source/Notes: Variant translation: "You have only to look at a thing long enough and it becomes interesting." - Letters (Philosophical Library, 1951), p. 29

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Source/Notes: L'Éducation sentimentale [Sentimental Education] (1869)