Gustave Flaubert World Literature Analysis - Essay

Gustave Flaubert World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Flaubert has been hailed as a realist, thanks mainly to his masterpiece Madame Bovary; he has also been claimed as a precursor of decadence, but Flaubert cared little for labels. He did not affiliate himself with any particular school of literature, and his main concern was with style. His works alternate between works of realism and exoticism. His first novel, Madame Bovary, his most celebrated accomplishment, was followed by Salammbô, a work set in the distant past. Flaubert returned to the recent past and the politically charged years of the 1848 revolution with A Sentimental Education but again departed from this realistic approach in The Temptation of Saint Anthony.


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