Sentimental Education (Paperback)

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By Gustave Flaubert, Robert Baldick (Translator), Geoffrey Wall (Revised by)
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One of the great French novels of the 19th century
Based on Flaubert's own youthful passion for an older woman, Sentimental Educationwas 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 Paris, notices Mme Arnoux, a slender, dark woman several years older than himself. It is the beginning of an infatuation that will last a lifetime. He befriends her husband, an influential businessman, and as their paths cross and re-cross over the years, Mme Arnoux remains the constant, unattainable love of Moreau's life. Blending love story, historical authenticity, and satire, Sentimental Educationis one of the great French novels of the nineteenth century.
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About the Author


Gustave Flaubertwas born in Rouen in 1821, the son of a prominent physician. A solitary child, he was attracted to literature at an early age, and after his recovery from a nervous breakdown suffered while a law student, he turned his total energies to writing. Aside from journeys to the Near East, Greece, Italy, and North Africa, and a stormy liaison with the poetess Louise Colet, his life was dedicated to the practice of his art. The form of his work was marked by intense aesthetic scrupulousness and passionate pursuit of le mot juste; its content alternately reflected scorn for French bourgeois society and a romantic taste for exotic historical subject matter. The success ofMadame Bovary(1857) was ensured by government prosecution for immorality;Salammbo(1862) andThe Sentimental Education(1869) received a cool public reception; not until the publication ofThree Tales(1877) was his genius popularly acknowledged. Among fellow writers, however, his reputation was supreme. His circle of friends included Turgenev and the Goncourt brothers, while the young Guy de Maupassant underwent an arduous literary apprenticeship under his direction. Increasing personal isolation and financial insecurity troubled his last years. His final bitterness and disillusion were vividly evidenced in the savagely satiricBouvard and Pecuchet, left unfinished at his death in 1880.Robert Baldick translated many volumes from the French for Penguin Classics, including volumes by Diderot, Flaubert, and Verne, and wrote a biography of Huysmans. He died in 1972. Geoffrey Wall is author of the critically acclaimedFlaubert: A Lifeand translatedMadame Bovaryfor Penguin Classics."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780140447972
ISBN-10: 0140447970
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: October 26th, 2004
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics