Friday, March 8

The Dictionary of Accepted Ideas - Gustave Flaubert (1911)

Wikipedia - "The Dictionary of Received Ideas (or Dictionary of Accepted Ideas; in French, Le Dictionnaire des idées reçues) is a short satirical work collected and published in 1911–13 from notes compiled by Gustave Flaubert during the 1870s, lampooning the clichés endemic to French society under the Second French Empire. It takes the form of a dictionary of automatic thoughts and platitudes, self-contradictory and insipid. It is often paired with the Sottisier (a collection of stupid quotations taken from the books of famous writers). ... The idea of a spoof encyclopedia had fascinated him all his life. As a child, he had amused himself by writing down the absurd utterances of a friend of his mother's, and over the course of his career he speculated as to the best format for a compilation of stupidities. ..."
Flaubert’s ‘Dictionary of Received Ideas’
OnBooks: The Dictionary of Received Ideas by Gustave Flaubert.
Scribd: Flaubert, Gustave - Dictionary of Accepted Ideas (1954)

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