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‘Hide your life’ was not his only obsessive command

Flaubert

“‘Hide your life’ was not his only obsessive command. ‘Break with the external world’ he advised Alfred, in a harangue anticipating the memorable declaration of a later period that his ideal work would be a book about nothing, a book devoid of external ties ‘upheld by its own internal force of style, as the earth turns with nothing holding it aloft.’

The perfect self-possession he sought through art entailed a vow of chastity as well as poverty, or so it seemed, for in proposing to fortify himself against life, he could not imagine having a woman share his dispassionate aerie without being evicted from it himself. Loss of control might have dire consequences.”

Flaubert: A Life

By Frederick Brown

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