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The Letters of Gustave Flaubert: 1857–1880

Gustave Flaubert

Edited and translated by Francis Steegmuller

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HARDCOVER

$80.50 • £64.95 • €72.50

ISBN 9780674526402

Publication Date: 10/31/1982

Short

336 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

5 halftones, 1 line illustration

Belknap Press

The Letters of Gustave Flaubert

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Steegmuller…is again a deft, witty and indefatigable commentator, stitching Flaubert’s correspondence together with all the background information we need in order to appreciate it. Among his many fine asides, Mr. Steegmuller tells us that Proust disliked the style of Flaubert’s letters even more than that of his novels; that Gide kept his volumes of them beside his bed like a bible.—Anatole Broyard, The New York Times

These letters have the same fascination and compelling narrative drive as those in the first volume… We have, in the guise of letters, what comes close to being a full-fledged biography.—Howard Moss, The Washington Post Book World

Steegmuller’s connecting narrative and his annotations make this second volume as rich and attaching as the first. And, for once, Flaubert is seen alive and enacting himself.—V. S. Pritchett, The Atlantic

[Steegmuller’s] ear is so keenly attuned to the modulations of this correspondence and his craft is so accomplished that the English text is, as it were, transparent and trans-vocal. It is the voice of Flaubert we hear or, more precisely, the oral qualities of his epistolary style. Steegmuller plays Flaubert for us the way a musician plays the music of a master.—Victor Brombert, American Scholar

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