Flaubert's ok, but I prefer to read it when I'm in Paris at a cafe.
I can't recommend Flaubert's Dictionary of Accepted Ideas too highly. He had a considerably lighter touch than Ambrose Bierce did.
Thanks for slogging about these letters. I'll read them right away. I still haven't read 2/3 of my volume of Flaubert's letters, but these are new!
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