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The irregular book review review. vol. III
A lovely essay about Flaubert’s devotion to Art (which he always capitalised) and his lifelong aversion to middle-class society. The opening describes how students find Madame Bovary boring or hate it because they hate Emma Bovary’s selfishness. (They may be interested to learn that Flaubert hate his characters, too.) But Flaubert is an unavoidable part of the history of the novel, influencing Zola and Proust and Tolstoy and Joyce and many others. As Scott Bradfield says, “It’s impossible to think of any other writer who proved such a large influence on two seemingly antithetical schools of fiction—both the “realistic novel” and the “romance.””