The Art of Revision

I am heading down to UC Irvine today for a panel discussion, though I’m running late because I just spent the last hour perusing the complete drafts of Madame Bovary, which the University of Rouen has put up online. The university’s researchers have been working on this site for quite some time. (See, for instance, this earlier post.) But this is the édition intégrale, which means that every single page of every single draft should be there. I revise obsessively, so Flaubert is a man after my own heart.

(via the indispensable Literary Saloon)