Fabulous Flaubert on Friday

Re-Inking Flaubert

Fabulous Flaubert, re-mixed and re-inked, CC

“To be stupid, selfish, and in good health are three requirements of happiness, but if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.”

And from Wikipedia furthermore:

Novelists should thank Flaubert the way poets thank spring; it all begins again with him. There really is a time before Flaubert and a time after him. Flaubert decisively established what most readers and writers think of as modern realist narration, and his influence is almost too familiar to be visible. We hardly remark of good prose that it favors the telling of brilliant detail; that it privileges a high degree of visual noticing; that it maintains an unsentimental composure and knows how to withdraw, like a good valet, from superfluous commentary; that it judges good and bad neutrally; that it seeks out the truth, even at the cost of repelling us; and that the author’s fingerprints on all this are paradoxically, traceable but not visible. You can find some of this in Defoe or Austenor Balzac, but not all of it until Flaubert.
—Critic James Wood in How Fiction Works (2008)[16]
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