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Flaubert’s First Novel

A study of the 1845 Éducation sentimentale

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Alan Raitt

L’Éducation sentimentale, begun in 1843 and finished after two substantial interruptions in 1845, was Flaubert’s first attempt at a full-scale novel. Though overshadowed by the 1869 novel of the same title, it is a crucially important text in Flaubert’s literary development. Alan Raitt provides a controversial new reading of the book’s genesis and development, and addresses many of the misapprehensions that have grown up around this pivotal work.
Contents: Before L’Éducation sentimentale – Flaubert’s Literary Situation in 1843 – Flaubert’s Personal Situation in 1843 – The Genesis and Composition of L’Éducation sentimentale – Structure and Sense of L’Éducation sentimentale – Flaubert’s Art in L’Éducation sentimentale – The Two Éducations sentimentales – The Status of the 1845 Éducation sentimentale.