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A Journey Into Flaubert's Normandy (ArtPlace Series) by Susannah Patton

By Susannah Patton

Richly illustrated with maps, old and modern images, and interval paintings, this guidebook takes travelers and armchair tourists on a stimulating trip in the course of the small cities, rolling hills, and windswept coast of Flaubert’s Normandy. The novelist’s houses and the destinations which are prominently featured in his debatable works are the focal point of this pictorial go back and forth advisor, and comprise the traditional city of Rouen, the place Flaubert was once born in 1821; the inn city of Trouville and its often painted seashore; Croisset, the place Flaubert’s riverside apartment gave him the safe haven to jot down; and the quiet state city of Ry, which claims to be the place the true Madame Bovary lived and died.

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He wrote in his private journal in 1841 that he sometimes experienced such clear “historical revelations” that he believed he had seen events in a previous life. Chéruel insisted, however, that his students do extensive background research to build a true picture of the past. Flaubert took that advice throughout his life when researching his historical writing; for instance, in April 1858, he traveled to Carthage to do research for his historical novel Salammbô. His teacher also helped ignite a lifelong attraction to the study of history.

Court was a sort of official portrait artist for the Flaubert family, and several of his paintings can also be seen at the Musée Flaubert at the Hôtel Dieu in Rouen. 40 The city that once ignored Flaubert’s funeral procession now, in addition to creating museums and building monuments to his greatness, also promotes and welcomes scholarship surrounding Flaubert and other notable writers born there. The Association of Friends of Flaubert and de Maupassant organizes meetings and lectures relating to the lives and work of the two Norman writers at its headquarters at the Hôtel des Sociétés Savantes on the Rue Beauvoisine.

34 Flaubert also renewed his friendship with another future poet, Alfred Le Poittevin, while a student at the Collège Royal. ) Although Le Poittevin was five years older than Flaubert, the two became close friends who wrote to one another often. “It is truly wrong for you and me to part, to disrupt our work and our intimacy,” Flaubert wrote to Le Poittevin in April 1845, as he was getting ready to accompany his sister (with his parents) on her honeymoon trip to Italy. “Each time we have done so we have found ourselves the worse to it.

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