From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
Gustave Flaubert (12 december 1821 - 8 may 1880) was an influential French writer widely considered one of the greatest novelists in Western literature. He is known especially for his first published novel, Madame Bovary (1857), for his Correspondence, and for his scrupulous devotion to his style and aesthetics. The celebrated short story writer Maupassant was a protégé of Flaubert.
Conan Doyle and Gustave Flaubert
- My Favourite Novelist and His Best Book (1898) : Arthur Conan Doyle had no sympathy for the petty critics who couldnt enjoy Flaubert without belittling Scott, or relish a romance without sneering at the modern problem novel.
In Conan Doyle stories
- [SH] The Red-Headed League (1891) : Sherlock Holmes quoted Gustave Flaubert letter to George Sand : « L'homme c'est rien - l'oeuvre c'est tout," as Gustave Flaubert wrote to George Sand. ». (552)
- The Stark Munro Letters (1894) : Dr. Stark Munro's mother kept up to date in French literature as well as in English, and could talk by the hour about the Goncourts, and Flaubert, and Gautier.