Three Tales

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Penguin, 1961 - Fiction - 124 pages
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Three pieces of fiction by the nineteenth-century French naturalist are introduced by an essay describing his life, works, and artistic abilities

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User Review  - Gale - Goodreads

NB This review references only ST. JULIAN and A SIMPLE SOUL ONLY. The role of the Catholic Church in the daily lives of 19th century French provides the underlying basis for the characterizations in ... Read full review

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User Review  - hirtho - Goodreads

Overall, this was great, but it ends on the weakest of the three, Herodias which is too similar to Salaambo's boring fawning over period detail and Bible-y verbal register, which is what I was afraid ... Read full review

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About the author (1961)

Born in the town of Rouen, in northern France, in 1821, Gustave Flaubert was sent to study law in Paris at the age of 18. After only three years, his career was interrupted and he retired to live with his widowed mother in their family home at Croisset, on the banks of the Seine River. Supported by a private income, he devoted himself to his writing. Flaubert traveled with writer Maxime du Camp from November 1849 to April 1851 to North Africa, Syria, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. When he returned he began Madame Bovary, which appeared first in the Revue in 1856 and in book form the next year. The realistic depiction of adultery was condemned as immoral and Flaubert was prosecuted, but escaped conviction. Other major works include Salammbo (1862), Sentimental Education (1869), and The Temptation of Saint Antony (1874). His long novel Bouvard et Pecuchet was unfinished at his death in 1880. After his death, Flaubert's fame and reputation grew steadily, strengthened by the publication of his unfinished novel in 1881 and the many volumes of his correspondence.

Joris-Karl Huysmans (18481907) is recognized as one of the most challenging and innovative figures in European literature and acknowledged as principal architect of the fin-de-sicle imagination. He was a career civil servant who wrote ten novels, most notably A Rebours and La-Bas.

Robert Baldick translated many volumes from the French for Penguin Classics, including volumes by Diderot, Flaubert, and Verne, and wrote a biography of Huysmans. He died in 1972.

Patrick McGuinness is a fellow and tutor in French at St. Annes College, Oxford.

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