THREE TALES by GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
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New York, Norfolk. New Directions. 1947 (1924; New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.). The New Classics Series, #7. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine, some discoloration over time. Jacket Condition: Near Fine: Some fading at spine and signs of slight shelf wear over time. 178pp.
Trans. by Arthur McDowell.
Intro. by Harry Levin.
New Directions’ “The New Classics” Series, #7.
Jacket ill. by Alvin Lustig (w. signature insignia).
This collection of Flaubert's short stories feature three microcosms of the writer's impressive, revealing, and purely enjoyable discursive world. Though shorter in length, the development of Flaubert's characters and their elaborations in these vignettes are poignant as they are pleasurable. In this group, Herodias, The Legend of St. Julian, and A Simple Heart, Flaubert uses reference and allegory to frame his stories with that authority of truth already accompanying their historical figures and settings. Together, these stories intone classic themes and changing dynamics of relations contemporary to his time between power and the individual, or the stories we know and who gets to tell them like it's true.