Gustave Flaubert - Author
1821-1880
French
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.

Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) achieved instant success and fame, indeed notoriety, with his first novel, ‘Madam Bovary’, published in 1857. He was prosecuted on the basis that the novel was ‘offensive to public morality and religion’. Although found not guilty, Flaubert earned a lecture from the judge on the dangers of ‘realism’. The book was a huge success, and Flaubert came to be considered one of the great novelists of Western literature.

Books by Gustave Flaubert