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Madame Bovary: Provincial Manners

Madame Bovary: Provincial Manners

Paperback Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)

By (author) Gustave Flaubert, By (author) Mark Overstall, Translated by Margaret Mauldon

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 193mm x 20mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199535655
  • ISBN 13: 9780199535651
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 45,557

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'Would this misery go on forever? Was there no escape? And yet she was every bit as good as all those other women who led happy lives!' When Emma Rouault marries Charles Bovary she imagines she will pass into the life of luxury and passion that she reads about in sentimental novels and women's magazines. But Charles is a dull country doctor, and provincial life is very different from the romantic excitement for which she yearns. In her quest to realize her dreams she takes a lover, and begins a devastating spiral into deceit and despair. Flaubert's novel scandalized its readers when it was first published in 1857, and it remains unsurpassed in its unveiling of character and society. In this new translation Margaret Mauldon perfectly captures the tone that makes Flaubert's style so distinct and admired. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Malcolm Bowie was previously Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature at the University of Oxford, and Fellow of All Souls College before he became Master of Christ's College, Cambridge in 2002. He is the author of books on Mallarme, Freud and Proust, and his acclaimed study Proust Among the Stars (1998) won the $50,000 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in 2001, the largest annual cash prize for literary criticism in the English language.

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