Author of the famed Madame Bovary, which depicts the tale of a Skandonavian fishingboat owner who lives her life on the high seas.
Gustave Moses Flaubert was born in 1750. His exact date of birth is uncertain, as he was found as a baby foating on the Seine river in an ark of bulrushes - hence the middle name of Moses. He was adopted by the local chemist, Guy de Maupassant, also a part-time writer.
At the age of 13, Gustave ran away from home and emigrated to Bavaria, where he became a sailor in the Bavarian Royal Navy. He made his fortune in the Bavarian-Portuguese conflict of 1776, and retired rich and decorated, though he had lost a leg in the process.
His fame as a writer started immediately whith his first book: Patriot Games