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.
- Mr. Flaubert was born in Rouen which is located in Upper Normandy.
- Mr. Flaubert started writing very early in life, at age fifteen he won a prize for an essay on mushrooms.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mr. Flaubert loved to travel, he went to England and all over the Middle East.
- Never shy about his sexual habits, Flaubert was very open about his activities with prostitutes of both sexes during his travels.
- When Madame Bovary was serialized in a newspaper, the French government sued the author and publisher on charges of immorality. The government lost.
- When published as a novel, Madam Bovary was widely admired.
- Flaubert was a perfectionist when it came to writing, and could spend weeks on a single page.
- One he died, Mr. Flaubert was regarded as a genius and the most influential French Realist.
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