Madame Bovary Author:Gustave Flaubert In 1857, when MADAME BOVARY was first published, the detailed realism of its love scenes shocked and horrified the entire populace of France; and Gustave Flaubert, its author, was made to stand trial for "immorality." — Since then, the brilliant, cynical story of Emma Bovary, who revolts against her bourgeois surroundings and her marriage only to... more » find profound disillusionment in the arms of a shallow lover, has come to be regarded as one of the masterpieces of nineteenth-century literature.
Flaubert's aim was to give an impersonal, objective account of emotions and events, without any of the moralizing which was then the literary fashion. His MADAME BOVARY stands today as the perfect model of fictional "realism."« less