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Flaubert in the Ruins of Paris: The Story of a Friendship, a Novel, and a Terrible Year

Peter Brooks

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Biography: literary, Prose: non-fiction, European history

From a distinguished literary historian, a look at Gustave Flaubert and his correspondence with George Sand during France's "terrible year" - summer 1870 through spring 1871.

In 1869, Gustave Flaubert published what he considered to be his masterwork novel, A SENTIMENTAL EDUCATION, which told a deeply human and deeply pessimistic story of the 1848 revolutions. The book was a critical and commercial flop. Flaubert was devastated.

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