A country doctor's wife craves romantic excitement, and the tedium of her provincial existence drives her to deceit and despair. This handsome hardcover edition of Flaubert's classic is graced by 10 full-page line illustrations.
Hailed as the originator of the modern novel, Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) was a pioneer of literary realism. He was painstaking in his creative process, spending as much as an entire week on a single page. Flaubert's masterpiece, Madame Bovary, was five years in the writing; upon its 1857 publication, the author was charged with obscenity. With his acquittal, Madame Bovary became a bestseller, and it remains among the most frequently taught works of French literature. Translator Eleanor Marx Aveling (1855-1898), the youngest daughter of Karl Marx, was a founding member of England's Socialist League and active in the translation and editing of Das Kapital and other works by her father. German-American artist Richard Lindner (1901-1978) worked as an illustrator for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, and his paintings are regarded as precursors of the Pop Art movement. He appears in the second row on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.