The Letters of Gustave Flaubert: 1830-1857
Flaubert wrote to his mistress, Louise Colet - 'An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere'. In his books, Flaubert sought to observe that principle; but in his many impassioned letters he allowed his feelings to overflow, revealing himself in all of his human complexity. Sensuous, witty, exalted, ironic, grave, analytical, the letters illustrate the artist's life - and they trumpet his artistic opinions - in an outpouring of uninhibited eloquence. Throughout this exposition in Flaubert's own words of his views on life, literature, and the passions, readers of his novels will be powerfully reminded of the fertility of his genius, and delighted by his poetic enthusiasm. 'Let us sing to Apollo as in ancient days', he wrote to Louise Colet, and breathe deeply of the fresh cold air of Parnassus; let us strum our guitars and clash our cymbals and whirl like dervishes in the eternal hubbub of forms and ideas.
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