Edited by Francis Steegmuller.
Abridged by Doreen Estall.
From the age of nine, Gustave Flaubert, author of `Madame Bovary', knew his destiny.
There are moving words as Flaubert struggles to fulfil his ambition of being one of France's great writers.
The young author falls in love with Louise Colet.
Exotic adventures in the East.
Flaubert comes of age with the writing and controversial publication of `Madame Bovary'.