Gustave Flaubert, Mémoires d'un fou [Memoirs of a Madman]

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Mémoires d’un Fou [Memoirs of a Madman] is an incomplete and unpolished autobiographical novel which Flaubert wrote in the autumn and winter of 1838. He was 16 and only beginning to understand his own skills and interests as a writer.  He had abandoned work on the text by January 1839 when he passed the manuscript to a friend. The manuscript remained out of public knowledge until it was transcribed and published in La Revue Blanche in 1900. Thereafter the manuscript disappeared into a private collection. Its current whereabouts are unknown.

Mémoires d’un Fou was inspired during the Flaubert family summer holiday at the resort of Trouville on the Normandy coast in …

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Citation: Clark, Robert. "Mémoires d'un fou". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 March 2023 [, accessed 06 June 2023.]

41169 Mémoires d'un fou 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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