Memoirs of a Madman
Publication Date: March 2003
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A captivating and evocative work, "Memoirs of a Madman" is one of Flaubert's earliest writings, and forms the basis for his highly renowned "L'Education Sentimentale. "As a young man looks back on the years that have brought him to "madness," he recalls the innocence of his boyhood and his fond belief that he was blessed with a mind of genius. Yet, painfully, wretchedly, he also recounts his all-too-sudden entry into the adult world. For the day he caught sight of a beautiful woman by the sea marked the end of his flamboyant philosophizing, and the beginning of a tragic coming of age.