Three Tales

Author(s): Geoffrey Wall (Introduction by); Gustave Flaubert; Roger Whitehouse (Translator)

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In each of three short stories--"Herodias," "The Legend of Saint Julian the Hospitator," and "A Simple Heart"--Gustave Flaubert studies the nature of humanity and spirituality with his characteristically sharp eye. A loyal servant dies alone, having served her masters all her life without complaining of the tragic losses she suffered; a young man sanctified at birth is driven by bloodlust to inadvertently fulfill the curse placed on him; and John the Baptist endures his life mixed with curses and blessings. Through them all, Flaubert emphasizes the significance of humility in the face of lasting glory. This collection was nominated for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize 2010.

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Gustave Flaubert was born in Rouen in 1821. After illness interrupted a career in law, he retired to live with his widowed mother and devote himself to writing. He achieved limited success in his own lifetime, but his fame and reputation grew steadily after his death in 1880. Geoffrey Wall (introducer) teaches French at the University of York. He is the author of a critically-acclaimed biography of Flaubert and has translated Madame Bovary for Penguin Classics. Roger Whitehouse (translator) is the editor of a book on literary expressions of exile. Geoffrey Wall (introducer) teaches French at the University of York. He is the author of a critically-acclaimed biography of Flaubert and has translated Madame Bovary for Penguin Classics. Roger Whitehouse (translator) is the editor of a book on literary expressions of exile.

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  • : Geoffrey Wall (Introduction by); Gustave Flaubert; Roger Whitehouse (Translator)