Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Sentimental Education (1869) describes the amorous adventures of Frederic Moreau, who prefers the city life of Paris over the rural life of Nogent. The novel takes place during the July Monarchy and Flaubert spent several years studying the historical period and is exact in his details of events. Madame Arnoux is based on Elisa Schlesinger, the wife of a music publisher for whom Flaubert had strong feelings. The title refers to the education of feelings, a lesson Frederic is slow to learn.