The Dictionary of Received Ideas

The Dictionary of Received Ideas

Hardback Oneworld Classics

By (author) Gustave Flaubert, Translated by Gregory Norminton

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  • Publisher: Oneworld Classics Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 114mm x 152mm x 15mm | 172g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Richmond
  • ISBN 10: 1847491650
  • ISBN 13: 9781847491657
  • Sales rank: 604,373

Product description

A spoof encyclopedia of contemporary accepted wisdom and commonplaces, "The Dictionary of Received Ideas" sees Flaubert at his witty and satirical best. Perhaps intended as a companion to his final, unfinished novel "Bouvard and Pecuchet", this compilation was the result of a lifetime of collecting the absurd and the cliched, and providing darkly humorous explanations. An insightful and playful look at nineteenth-century values and talking points, this dictionary will provide enduring entertainment and prove relevant today.

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Born in Rouen in northern France, Gustave Flaubert (1821-80) is regarded as one of the greatest novelists of all time. He is best known for his works Madame Bovary and Sentimental Education, and for his stylistic perfectionism and scrupulous commitment to "le mot juste".