We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
French novelist and author of 'Madame Bovary'
1821 – 1880
Gustave Flaubert was a French novelist who is best known today for his novel, Madame Bovary (1857). At the age of 22, Flaubert decided to abandon his law studies to become a writer instead. The publication of Madame Bovary, a sharply realistic story about an adulterous wife from the bourgeois class, led to his trial on charges of immorality (Flaubert was later acquitted). An expert on French realism, Flaubert attained widespread acclaim for his devotion to finding the exact word (le mot juste) and achieving complete objectivity.
In A Little History of Literature, Sutherland introduces great classics in his own irresistible way, enlivening his offerings with humour as well as learning: Beowulf, Shakespeare, Don Quixote, the Romantics, Dickens, Moby Dick, The Waste Land, Woolf, …