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    Madame Bovary (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Gustave Flaubert, Translated by Eleanor Marx Aveling, Introduction by Roger Clark, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine

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    DescriptionCastigated for offending against public decency, Madame Bovary has rarely failed to cause a storm. For Flaubert's contemporaries, the fascination came from the novelist's meticulous account of provincial matters. For the writer, subject matter was subordinate to his anguished quest for aesthetic perfection. For his twentieth-century successors the formal experiments that underpin Madame Bovary look forward to the innovations of contemporary fiction. Flaubert's protagonist in particular has never ceased to fascinate. Romantic heroine or middle-class neurotic, flawed wife and mother or passionate protester against the conventions of bourgeois society, simultaneously the subject of Flaubert's admiration and the butt of his irony - Emma Bovary remains one of the most enigmatic of fictional creations. Flaubert's meticulous approach to the craft of fiction, his portrayal of contemporary reality, his representation of an unforgettable cast of characters make Madame Bovary one of the major landmarks of modern fiction.


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    Title
    Madame Bovary
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gustave Flaubert, Translated by Eleanor Marx Aveling, Introduction by Roger Clark, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 192 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781853260780
    ISBN 10: 1853260789
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC E4L: CLA
    Abridged Dewey: 813
    B&T Book Type: FI
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    LC classification: PS
    DC22: FIC
    DC20: 843.8
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    B&T General Subject: 500
    BISAC V2.8: FIC025000, FIC000000, FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBC
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    Wordsworth Editions Ltd
    Imprint name
    Wordsworth Editions Ltd
    Publication date
    01 January 1998
    Publication City/Country
    Herts
    Back cover copy
    The year 1857 propelled Flaubert into the law courts and into celebrity. It was not exactly the kind of celebrity he had wished for. 'Madame Bovary' had appeared serially in 'La Revue de Paris'. Now the imperial prosecutor was attacking the work for being offensive to religion and morality. Not only the seduction scenes, but the episodes dealing with religion and the description of Emma's death, came under direct censure. More than the subject, the general tone of the novel was denounced as immoral: the pervasive eroticism, the poetry of adultery, the so-called 'realism' of the style. Flaubert, excellently defended by his lawyer, was acquitted. The book was published soon after, benefiting from the advance courtroom publicity.