- By Abby MacGregor
“Ry-sur-Andelle, in Normandy, has one claim to fame: it has been described as a possible model for the fictional village of Yonville-l’Abbaye in Gustave Flaubert’s celebrated 1857 novel of adultery and provincial life, Madame Bovary.”
—from “The Pharmacist’s Dream”, Fall 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 3)
Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
In 2000, I completed a dissertation on the seashore in modern American poetry from for the Université Paris-VII. At roughly 550 pages, this was the longest piece I had ever written. I could never write anything like this again. Now I prefer shorter forms and less academic prose—my ideal is the essay.
What writer(s) or works have...