A set of 52 folios illustrates the creative process of L'Education Sentimentale. This collection of autograph manuscripts has been bound by a connoisseur. It is estimated € 400K for sale by Pierre Bergé et Associés in collaboration with Sotheby's France in Paris (Hôtel Drouot) on December 11, lot 91.
Same as before for Madame Bovary and Salammbô, the meticulous work spread over five years. The drafting started in 1864 and was completed in May 1869. The novel was published in November 1869. It had no reason to raise the bourgeois disapproval as did Madame Bovary, but it proposes an equally pessimistic gradual fall between the hope of youth and the insipid reality of life.
Chance is the enemy of the writer and everything must be under control : the logics of the script, the truth in the events contemporary to the action, the attitudes and the words of everyday language that vary for each social class or group. His unfinished novel Bouvard et Pécuchet will be the ultimate desire of the author to exploit the encyclopaedic range of his working notes. This romantic writer opens the path to Zola's naturalism.
Flaubert throws his ideas on large paper sheets in a form that gradually becomes inconsistent through the abundance of erasures and margin notes. He comments how he wants the reader to understand an idea or a story. Some of these notes were definitely intended for opening critical discussions with his friend and collaborator Louis Bouilhet.
The construction of the novel is visible throughout this set of documents. The first scenes are drafted very early in that process and come together to form the plan, the list of chapters and also to freeze the names of the characters.
SOLD for € 470K before fees