"Heath's study is a distinguished addition to the Landmarks of World Literature series. It is lucidly written, persuasively argued and clearly presented. It makes a splendid companion volume to Flaubert's masterpiece." Robert T. Denommé, French Review
In addition to representing Flaubert's intense personal engagement with the tragedy of bourgeois culture, the controversial novel is viewed as an example of the author's commitment to the impersonality of Art and the transcendence of style.