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A Gloomy Duet

Geoffrey Wall, 3 April 1997

Louis Bouilhet: Lettres à Gustave Flaubert 
edited by Maria Cappello.
CNRS, 780 pp., frs 490, April 1996, 2 271 05288 2
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... the second and third volumes of Jean Bruneau’s Pléiade edition of Flaubert’s Correspondance. Maria Cappello has given Flaubert’s friend back to the world, reassembled and restored, though not, it should be said, resurrected. The comparison with Flaubert’s letters is entirely to Flaubert’s advantage. Bouilhet is remembered, if at all, not for ...

Like a Slice of Ham

Erin Maglaque: Unpregnancy, 4 February 2021

Abortion in Early Modern Italy 
by John Christopoulos.
Harvard, 360 pp., £39.95, January, 978 0 674 24809 0
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... was partly conceived in the womb and partly conferred by others.Pregnancy was also pathological. Maria, from a village outside Rome, had been involved with Superio, a wealthy legume dealer who was also her uncle. (He kept a mattress secreted in his bean storeroom for sex.) Her pregnancy threatened to reveal the scandal to their neighbours. Superio purchased ...

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