The Temptation of Saint Anthony
The Temptation of Saint Anthony is a dramatic poem in prose (often referred as a novel) by the French author Gustave Flaubert published in 1874. Flaubert spent his whole adult life working fitfully on the book.
The Temptation of Saint Anthony is considered one of Flaubert’s most significant works and is notable for its poetic language, vivid imagery, and imaginative storytelling. The book has been adapted into various forms of art, including opera and ballet, and has influenced many other writers and artists throughout history.
Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) was a French novelist widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of the 19th century. He was born in Rouen, France, and studied law in Paris, but later abandoned his legal career to pursue writing.
Flaubert is best known for his novel Madame Bovary, which was first published in 1856 and caused a scandal due to its portrayal of a woman’s adulterous affairs and the subsequent criticism of bourgeois society. The novel is considered a masterpiece of literary realism, and Flaubert’s attention to detail and psychological depth of character are often cited as its defining features.
Aside from Madame Bovary, Flaubert wrote several other works, including Salammbô, Sentimental Education, and The Temptation of Saint Anthony. His writing style was characterized by its precision, clarity, and vivid imagery, and he is often credited with pioneering the modern novel.
Flaubert was also known for his extensive revisions and meticulous attention to detail, famously saying, “One cannot be too careful in the choice of one’s words.” He spent years working on each of his novels, and his dedication to his craft has earned him a place among the greatest writers of all time.
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