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Madame Bovary

Reproduction au trait de l'édition originale de 1857, annotée par Gustave Flaubert (BHVP, Rés. ms. 95)

Afterword by Yvan LECLERC

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In the autumn of 1856, the Revue de Paris printed in six consecutive issues a previously unpublished novel, Madame Bovary. Laurent Pichat, editor of the Revue, had demanded cuts from his author which the latter had refused. But as soon as he received his copy of the original edition in April 1857, Flaubert, eager to immortalize Pichat's folly, reported one by one in that copy the corrections that had been demanded and commented upon them. What immediately jumps out is the violence of the mutilation ; it is almost a different Madame Bovary that we discover, a Bovary in good taste, finally acceptable, rid of its supposed « immorality » .
Without doubt the first author to write retrospectively into the body of the book itself one of the painful moments of its genesis, Flaubert used to show quite readily this annotated copy to his friends. By this edition, his goal is reached : censorship has been pulled out of the private sphere of the manuscript so that posterity may judge.


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Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary

In the autumn of 1856, the Revue de Paris printed in six consecutive issues a previously unpublished novel, Madame Bovary. Laurent Pichat, editor of the Revue, had demanded cuts from his author which the latter had refused...

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Title Madame Bovary
Subtitle Reproduction au trait de l'édition originale de 1857, annotée par Gustave Flaubert (BHVP, Rés. ms. 95)
Edition First Edition
By (author) Gustave FLAUBERT
Afterword by Yvan LECLERC
ISSN 0257-4063
Issue 612
Language Français
Publisher Librairie Droz
Title First Published 07/29/2011
 
Format Paperback/softback
ISBN-13 978-2-600-01451-9
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9782600014519
Reference no. 1-612
Publication Date 07/29/2011
Nb of pages 524
Dimensions 12 x 18 cm
Weight 750 gr
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