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Gustave Flaubert

GUSTAVE FLAUBERT grew up in Rouen and did not leave his birth city until he was nineteen when he went to study law in Paris. After three years, however, Flaubert abandoned law and began writing. His first finished work was November, a novella. In September 1849, Flaubert completed the first version of a novel, The Temptation of Saint Anthony. His exploration of themes of spiritual torment was just the beginning of Flaubert's controversial subject choices. His frank and realistic display of the sex, adultery and other goings-on in bourgeois France in Madame Bovary saw him go on trial for immorality, charges... Read More

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Bouvard and Pecuchet
Written by Gustave Flaubert, Translated by A. J. Krailsheimer, Introduction by A. J. Krailsheimer
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | June 1976
$19.00/28.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-044320-2 (0-14-044320-7)

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Flaubert in Egypt
Written by Gustave Flaubert, Translated by Francis Steegmuller
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | March 1996
$16.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043582-5 (0-14-043582-4)

Flaubert's unforgettable memoirs of travels abroad

At once a classic of travel literature and a penetrating portrait of a “sensibility on tour,” Flaubert in Egypt wonderfully captures the young writer’s impressions during his 1849 voyages. Using diaries, letters, travel notes, and the evidence of Flaubert’s traveling companion, Maxime Du Camp, Francis Steegmuller... Read more






Madame Bovary
Written by Gustave Flaubert, Translated by Adam Thorpe
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | August 2013
$13.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-8520-7 (0-8129-8520-6)

A new translation by Adam Thorpe
 
Gustave Flaubert once said of his heroine, “Emma Bovary, c’est moi.” In this acclaimed new translation, Adam Thorpe brings readers closer than ever before to Flaubert’s peerless text and, by extension, the author himself.
 
Emma, a passionate dreamer raised in the French... Read more






Madame Bovary
Written by Gustave Flaubert, Afterword by Frederick Brown, Translated by Mildred Marmur, Introduction by Robin Morgan
Signet | Paperback | December 2012
$5.95/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-41850-0 (0-451-41850-6)

Both embodiment and victim of the self-satisfied nineteenth-century French bourgeoisie, Emma Bovary lives in pursuit of something more, like the world depicted in the romance novels that have come to define her. Emma is oblivious to the realities of life, and her romantic delusions and search for transcendence through sex, money... Read more






Madame Bovary
Written by Gustave Flaubert, Translated by Lydia Davis
Viking | Hardcover | September 2010
$27.95/35.00(Canada) | 978-0-670-02207-6 (0-670-02207-1)

A literary event: one of the most celebrated novels ever written, in a magnificent new translation

Seven years ago, the incomparable Lydia Davis brought us an award-winning, rapturously reviewed new translation of Marcel Proust's Swann's Way that was hailed as "clear and true to the music of the original" (Los Angeles Times) and... Read more






Madame Bovary
Written by Gustave Flaubert, Preface by Michele Roberts, Translated by Geoffrey Wall, Introduction by Geoffrey Wall, Noted by Geoffrey Wall
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | December 2002
$13.00/17.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-044912-9 (0-14-044912-4)

The notorious and celebrated novel that established modern realism
 
For this novel of French bourgeois life in all its inglorious banality, Flaubert invented a paradoxically original and wholly modern style. His heroine, Emma Bovary, a bored provincial housewife, abandons her husband to pursue the libertine Rodolphe in a desperate love affair. A... Read more






Madame Bovary
Written by Gustave Flaubert, Translated by Francis Steegmuller, Introduction by Victor Brombert
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | February 1993
$22.00/29.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-42031-6 (0-679-42031-2)

Emma, a passionate dreamer raised in the French countryside, is ready for her life to take off when she marries the decent, dull Dr. Charles Bovary. Marriage, however, fails to live up to her expectations, which are fueled by sentimental novels, and she turns disastrously to love affairs. The story of...

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Madame Bovary
Written by Gustave Flaubert, Translated by Francis Steegmuller
Vintage | Trade Paperback | December 1991
$12.95/14.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-73636-3 (0-679-73636-0)

For daring to peer into the heart of an adulteress and enumerate its contents with profound dispassion, the author of Madame Bovary was tried for "offenses against morality and religion." What shocks us today about Flaubert's devastatingly realized tale of a young woman destroyed by the reckless pursuit of her romantic... Read more






Madame Bovary
Written by Gustave Flaubert, Edited by Leo Bersani, Translated by Lowell Bair
Bantam Classics | Paperback | June 1982
$5.95/7.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21341-6 (0-553-21341-5)

This exquisite novel tells the story of one of the most compelling heroines in modern literature--Emma Bovary. Unhappily married to a devoted, clumsy provincial doctor, Emma revolts against the ordinariness of her life by pursuing voluptuous dreams of ecstasy and love. But her sensuous and sentimental desires lead her only to... Read more






Madame Bovary
Written by Gustave Flaubert, Translated by Lydia Davis, Introduction by Lydia Davis, Noted by Lydia Davis
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | October 2011
$17.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310649-4 (0-14-310649-X)

The award-winning, nationally bestselling translation, by Lydia Davis, of one of the world’s most celebrated novels

Emma Bovary is the original desperate housewife. Beautiful but bored, she spends lavishly on clothes and on her home and embarks on two disappointing affairs in an effort to make her life everything she believes it... Read more






Madame Bovary
Written by Gustave Flaubert, Preface by Michele Roberts, Translated by Geoffrey Wall, Introduction by Geoffrey Wall, Noted by Geoffrey Wall
Penguin Classics | Hardcover | May 2015
$23.00/30.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-139467-1 (0-14-139467-6)

Emma Bovary is beautiful and bored, trapped in her marriage to a mediocre doctor and stifled by the banality of provincial life. An ardent reader of sentimental novels, she longs for passion and seeks escape in fantasies of high romance, in voracious spending and, eventually, in adultery. But even her affairs... Read more






Madame Bovary
Written by Gustave Flaubert, Illustrated by Jessica Hische, Translated by Lydia Davis
Penguin Books | Hardcover | December 2012
$22.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-312380-4 (0-14-312380-7)

From A to Z, the Penguin Drop Caps series collects 26 unique hardcovers—featuring cover art by type superstar Jessica Hische

It all begins with a letter. Fall in love with Penguin Drop Caps, a new series of twenty-six collectible and gift-worthy hardcover editions, each with a type cover showcasing a gorgeously... Read more






Madame Bovary
Written by Gustave Flaubert, Translated by Lydia Davis, Introduction by Lydia Davis, Noted by Lydia Davis
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | May 2015
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-312911-0 (0-14-312911-2)

Now a major motion picture starring Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Laura Carmichael, Ezra Miller, and Rhys Ifans, and directed by Sophie Barthes
 
Emma Bovary is the original desperate housewife. Beautiful but bored, she is married to the provincial doctor Charles Bovary yet harbors dreams of an elegant and passionate...

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Salammbo
Written by Gustave Flaubert, Translated by A. J. Krailsheimer, Introduction by A. J. Krailsheimer
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | August 1977
$16.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-044328-8 (0-14-044328-2)

An epic story of lust, cruelty, and sensuality, this historical novel is set in Carthage in the days following the First Punic War with Rome.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a... Read more






Sentimental Education
Written by Gustave Flaubert, Revised by Geoffrey Wall, Translated by Robert Baldick, Introduction by Geoffrey Wall, Noted by Geoffrey Wall
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | October 2004
$9.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-044797-2 (0-14-044797-0)

One of the great French novels of the 19th century

Based on Flaubert's own youthful passion for an older woman, Sentimental Education was described by its author as "the moral history of the men of my generation." It follows the amorous adventures of Frederic Moreau, a law student who, returning home to Normandy from... Read more






The Temptation of Saint Anthony
Written by Gustave Flaubert, Translated by Lafcadio Hearn, Introduction by Michel Foucault
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | January 2002
$19.00/27.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75912-3 (0-375-75912-3)

A book that deeply influenced the young Freud and was the inspiration for many artists, The Temptation of Saint Anthony was Flaubert’s lifelong work, thirty years in the making. Based on the story of the third-century saint who lived on an isolated mountaintop in the Egyptian desert, it is a fantastical... Read more






Three Tales
Written by Gustave Flaubert, Translated by Roger Whitehouse, Introduction by Geoffrey Wall
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | August 2005
$12.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-044800-9 (0-14-044800-4)

Three stories by a French master

First published in 1877, these three stories are dominated by questions of doubt, love, loneliness, and religious experience—together they confirm Flaubert as a master of the short story. “A Simple Heart” relates the story of Félicité, an uneducated serving-woman who retains her Catholic faith despite a... Read more





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