Fun Facts Friday: Gustave Flaubert

December 12, 2014

Gustave Flaubert (12 December, 1821 – 8 May, 1880) was an influential French author who is mostly known for the first novel he published, Madame Bovary in 1857.

Fun Facts Friday: Gustave Flaubert

  1. Mr. Flaubert was born in Rouen which is located in Upper Normandy.
  2. Mr. Flaubert started writing very early in life, at age fifteen he won a prize for an essay on mushrooms.
  3. When studying law in Paris, Mr. Flaubert found that he did not like the city. He did make a few friends though, including Victor Hugo.
  4. Mr. Flaubert had a long relationship with poet Louise Colet, they wrote often and his letters still survived. This was his only serious relationship according to his biographer.
  5. Mr. Flaubert loved to travel, he went to England and all over the Middle East.
  6. Never shy about his sexual habits, Flaubert was very open about his activities with prostitutes of both sexes during his travels.
  7. When Madame Bovary was serialized in a newspaper, the French government sued the author and publisher on charges of immorality. The government lost.
  8. When published as a novel, Madam Bovary was widely admired.
  9. Flaubert was a perfectionist when it came to writing, and could spend weeks on a single page.
  10. One he died, Mr. Flaubert was regarded as a genius and the most influential French Realist.

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