In the eastern side of the Dead Sea rose the citadel
of Machaerus. It was built upon a conical peak
of basalt, and was surrounded by four deep valleys,
one on each side, another in fro...
The French novelist Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) was one of the most important forces in creating the modern novel as a conscious art form and in launching, much against his will, the realistic school...
The enduring literary fame of Gustave Flaubert was established all at one go, in the course of a famous trial that simultaneously brought him success and scandal. In 1857, when Madame Bovary (transla...