The Family Idiot: Gustave Flaubert, 1821-1857, Volume 3
Volume 3 consists of "School Years" and "Preneurosis," which are the second and third books of part 2 of the original French work. In vivid detail, Sartre renders Flaubert's secondary-school experiences and relationships: his part in a student rebellion against the faculty, his teenage infatuation with Romantic literature, his friendships and rivalries with his classmates, and the ironies inherent in the schoolboys' bourgeois existence. Sartre then discusses Flaubert's years at law school, where he studied at his father's insistence. This volume also contains Sartre's most sustained analysis of Madame Bovary. Sartre's approach to his complex subject, whether jaunty or judicious, psychoanalytical or political, is captured in all of its rich variety in Carol Cosman's translation.
Part Two: Personalization (continued)
Book Two: School Years
13. From Legend to Role: The "Garçon"
B. History as Psychodrama
Book Three: Preneurosis
14. From Poet to Artist (continued)
A. Literary Disappointment (1838-1840)
B. Taking Up a Profession