For Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert will never be forgotten. Madame Bovary catapulted him to fame and controversy--that famously tragic heroine will forever hold a place in our imaginations.
Of course, Flaubert wrote many more novels and short stories beyond his most famous, banned book. His best-received book was Three Tales, a collection consisting of: A Simple Heart, "The Legend of Saint Julian the Hospitaller," and "Herodias." Finely compressed into the lines of these work, we discover beauty and profound pleasure in Flaubert's lines. Here's just a taste:
"There was deep silence; and the censers slipping on their chains were swung high in the air. A blue vapour rose in Felicite's room. She opened her nostrils and inhaled with a mystic sensuousness; then she closed her lids. Her lips smiled. The beats of her heart grew fainter and fainter, and vaguer, like a fountain giving out, like an echo dying away;--and when she exhaled her last breath, she thought she saw in the half-opened heavens a gigantic parrot hovering above her head."
Here, we get the sense of Flaubert's life slipping away as well. His good friend, George Sand, died while he was writing A Simple Heart. And, this book was to be his last.
The finality and beauty here further supports his well-justified place in world literature...