Dictionary of Received Ideas

By Gustave Flaubert

Translated by Gregory Norminton

ISBN: 9781847496836

128 pages

RRP: £6.39

A spoof encyclopedia of contemporary accepted wisdom and commonplaces, the Dictionary of Received Ideas sees Flaubert at his witty and satirical best. Perhaps intended as a companion to his final, unfinished novel Bouvard and Pécuchet, this compilation was the result of a lifetime of collecting the absurd and the clichéd with darkly humorous explanations.

A playful look at nineteenth-century values and talking points, this dictionary will provide enduring entertainment and prove relevant even today.

Part of Alma Quirky Classics Collection

Gustave Flaubert

Born in Rouen in northern France, Gustave Flaubert (1821–80) is regarded as one of the greatest novelists of all time. He is best known for his works Madame Bovary and A Sentimental Education, and for his stylistic perfectionism and scrupulous commitment to le mot juste.