Dictionary of Accepted Ideas

Dictionary of Accepted Ideas

by Gustave Flaubert, Jacques Barzun

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Overview

Jacques Barzun's masterful translation proves that Flaubert's Dictionary of Accepted Ideas—an acid catalogue of the clichés of 19th-century France—is as relevant today as ever.

Throughout his life Flaubert made it a game to eavesdrop for the cliché, the platitude, the borrowed and unquestioned idea with which the “right thinking” swaddle their minds. After his death his little treasury of absurdities, of half-truths and social lies, was published as a Dictionnaire des idées reçues. Because its devastating humor and irony are often dependent on the phrasing in vernacular French, the Dictionnairewas long considered untranslatable. This notion was taken as a challenge by Jacques Barzun. Determined to find the exact English equivalent for each “accepted idea” Flaubert recorded, he has succeeded in documenting our own inanities. With a satirist’s wit and a scholar’s precision, Barzun has produced a very contemporary self-portrait of the middle-class philistine, a species as much alive today as when Flaubert railed against him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811225052
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 07/02/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 994,064
File size: 765 KB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Gustave Flaubert (1821-80) is considered to be one of the most important French novelists of the nineteenth century. He's most well known for his novel Madame Bovary, and for his desire to write "a book about nothing," a novel in which all external elements, especially the presence of the author, have been eliminated, leaving nothing but style itself. Often considered a member of the naturalist school, Flaubert despised categorizations of this sort, and in novels like Bouvard and Pécuchet demonstrates the inaptness of this label. In addition to these two novels, he is also the author of A Sentimental Education, Salambo, Three Tales, and The Temptation of Saint Anthony.
Jacques Barzun (1907-2012) was a leading historian scholar on American culture. He was born in France.

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The Dictionary of Accepted Ideas 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
headisdead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure "accepted ideas" is really a decent translation of the title; "received ideas" is at least an existing idiom in English, and captures both the transmission and the passivity inherent in the kind of ideas Flaubert lampoons. Nevertheless, it's really nice to have the Dictionary in a separate, slim volume. It really is one of the most brilliant, funny, carefully-produced (if never completed) texts ever composed. Not just a masterclass in satire and intriguing document of nineteenth-century France, it's also hilarious and infinitely re-readable.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty sure this is res 11