MADAME BOVARY Moeurs de Province

Flaubert Gustave

Published by Paris Michel Lévy Frères 1857, 1857
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2 volumes. First edition, the first state with the dedication leaf reading 'Senart' rather than 'Senard.' 12mo, in a handsome signed binding by Creuzevault of full crushed blue morocco, lettered in gilt on the spines, original wrappers retained and bound in. The binding is noticeably unadorned, probably intentionally so as to not draw attention to the controversial title within. [8], [5]-232;[ 4],[233]-490 pp. FIRST EDITION AND FIRST STATE of Flaubert's first published work, considered his masterpiece and a masterpiece of 19th century literature. It is a seminal work of Realism and one of the most influential novels ever written. But, When it was first serialized in 'La Revue de Paris' between October and December of 1856, the novel was attacked for obscenity by public prosecutors. The resulting trial, held in January 1857, made the story notorious. After Flaubert's acquittal in February it was published in book form and became a bestseller, but not one without controversy. In style, the book makes a striking impression. The precision and brevity of detail is unexcelled, and the novel has often been described as a "perfect" work of fiction. It is among the most imitated novels ever written, critic James Woods once said, ".[its] influence is almost too familiar to be visible". Henry James once wrote, "Madame Bovary has a perfection that not only stamps it, but that makes it stand almost alone; it holds itself with such a supreme unapproachable assurance as both excites and defies judgment.". Bookseller Inventory # 25178

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Title: MADAME BOVARY Moeurs de Province

Publisher: Paris Michel Lévy Frères 1857

Publication Date: 1857

Binding: Soft cover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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