The Family Idiot: Gustave Flaubert, 1821-1857, Volume 1
"A man is never an individual," Sartre writes, "it would be more fitting to call him a universal singular. Summed up and for this reason universalized by his epoch, he in turn resumes it by reproducing himself in it as singularity. Universal by the singular universality of human history, singular by the universalizing singularity of his projects, he requires simultaneous examination from both ends." This is the method by which Sartre examines Flaubert and the society in which he existed.
Now this masterpiece is being made available in an inspired English translation that captures all the variations of Sartre's style—from the jaunty to the ponderous—and all the nuances of even the most difficult ideas. Volume 1 consists of Part One of the original French work, La Constitution, and is primarily concerned with Flaubert's childhood and adolescence.
Part Two: Personalization
Book One: "What is Beauty if not the impossible?"
8. The Imaginary Child
9. From Imaginary Child to Actor
10. From Actor to Author
11. Scripta Manent
12. From Poet to Artist