First published in 1877, these three stories are dominated by questions of doubt, love, loneliness, and religious experiencetogether they confirm Flaubert as a master of the short story. “A Simple Heart” relates the story of Félicité, an uneducated serving-woman who retains her Catholic faith despite a life of desolation and loss. “The Legend of Saint Julian Hospitator,” inspired by a stained-glass window in Rouen cathedral, describes the fate of a sadistic hunter destined to murder his own parents. The blend of faith and cruelty that dominates this story may also be found in “Herodias,” a reworking of the tale of Salome and John the Baptist.
Released in 1877, roughly 20 years after the hoopla created by the greatly challenged Madame Bovary, this volume includes "A Simple Heart," "The Legend of Saint Julian Hospitator," and Herodias," along with an introduction, a chronology of Flaubert's life, and other extras. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.