Sentimental Education: The Story of a Young Man (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)

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'For certain men the stronger their desire, the less likely they are to act.'

With his first glimpse of Madame Arnoux, Frederic Moreau is convinced he has found his romantic destiny, but when he pursues her to Paris the young student is unable to translate his passion into decisive action. He also finds himself distracted by the equally romantic appeal of political action in the turbulent years leading up to the revolution of 1848, and by the attractions of three other women, each of whom seeks to make him her own: a haughty society lady, a capricious courtesan, and an artless country girl.

Flaubert offers a vivid and unsparing portrait of the young men of his generation, struggling to salvage something of their ideals in a city where corruption, consumerism, and a pervasive sense of disenchantment undermine all but the most compromised erotic, aesthetic, and social initiatives. Sentimental Education combines thoroughgoing irony with an impartial but unexpectedly intense sympathy in a novel whose realism competes with that of Balzac and whose innovations in narrative plot and perspective mark a turning-point in the development of literary modernism.

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About the Author

Helen Constantine was Head of Modern Languages at Bartholomew School near Oxford before retiring from teaching in 2000. She is now a full-time translator and editor. Her translations include Paris Tales (OUP, 2004), French Tales (OUP, 2008), Laclos, Dangerous Liaisons (Penguin, 2007), Gautier, Mademoiselle de Maupin (Penguin, 2005), and for Oxford World's Classics, Balzac, The Wild Ass's Skin (OUP, 2012) and Zola, The Conquest of Plassans (OUP, 2014) . From 2003-12 she was co-editor of the international magazine Modern Poetry in Translation. Patrick Coleman has taught at UCLA since 1975. He has published widely on French literature and his books include Anger, Gratitude, and the Enligtenment Writer (OUP, 2011). For Oxford World's Classics he has edited translations of Rousseau's Discourse on Inequality and Confessions, Constant's Adolphe, and Balzac's The Wild Ass's Skin.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780199686636
ISBN-10: 0199686637
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: May 1st, 2016
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)