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Editorial Reviews


Michel Winock has written a great biography, bringing Flaubert down from his stylistic Olympus, to paint a portrait of a character grounded in history, pulsating with blood and life. (Grégoire Kauffmann L’Express)

Winock is a first rate historian, with a fine literary sensibility. This is an intelligent book, rich in references to contemporary opinions, containing lively evocations of literary figures, friends, and political events. (Victor Brombert, Princeton University)

Well-researched, elegantly written, and particularly good in discussing Flaubert's work as well as his life. (Roger Pearson, University of Oxford)

Noted French historian Winock’s biography succeeds in presenting a fresh portrait of a man plagued by paradoxes…Winock provides absorbing background related to the country’s social and political scenes that occurred during his subject’s lifetime. (Erica Swenson Danowitz Library Journal)

It is stately and plump, like its subject, as well as thought-provoking. To be sure, [others] have in recent decades produced English-language biographies of Flaubert, but Winock has the depth of knowledge and familiarity with Flaubert’s times to add something new. (Benjamin Ivry Literary Review)

This generous study ingeniously builds a narrative around Flaubert’s own words―from not only the novels but also voluminous correspondence and unpublished work. Adding light background and analysis, Winock allows the mind of the Master to shine. (New Yorker)

Winock’s many quotations from Flaubert’s early writings―his Memoirs of a Madman, written at school, his letters, Intimate Notebook, and [November]―will be a revelation to those, like me, who knew only the masterpieces…Winock, a historian by profession, is excellent at building up the political context of Flaubert’s life, particularly the back and forth between liberal revolution and reactionary repression. (Tim Parks London Review of Books)

The present volume offers a remarkable portrait of ‘the life of a man in his century.’ …[Winock] provide[s] a brilliant, sweeping view of the 19th century that allows for a far better understanding of both the major developments of the period (triumph of the bourgeoisie, industrialization, shift from constitutional monarchy to democratic republic) and the tangled life of the ‘Janus-faced,’ ‘conservative anarchist’ who was Flaubert. (C. B. Kerr Choice)

Winock’s achievement is to treat [Flaubert’s] works themselves with clarity and insight…This is a compelling account of a writer who, Winock reminds us, has become ‘an unavoidable reference’ in literary history. (Kate Rees Times Literary Supplement)

What [Winock’s] biography really affirms is that practically all of the life in Flaubert is to be found in his work. This he documents with care, industry and insight. His discussions of the novels and letters are especially valuable and informative, and offer a suggestive sense of the ways in which his subject’s character relates to and informs his work. Flaubert would often ask himself why man’s heart felt so big when life felt so small. This book comes close to supplying an answer. (Matthew Adams Irish Times)

About the Author

Michel Winock is Professor Emeritus at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).

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  • File Size: 6439 KB
  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (October 17, 2016)
  • Publication Date: October 17, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01L7NJNV0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,285,572 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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