Bibliothèque idéale du naufragé (Flammarion, 2015)


Notes on this edition: Bibliothèque idéale du naufragé. Edited by François Armanet. [Paris]: Flammarion, 2015.

François Armanet asked 200 writers of all nationalities to name three books they would take on a desert island. Illustrations by Stéphane Trapier.

Julian Barnes’s contribution appears on pp. 34-35. He selects Flaubert’s Correspondence, Byron’s journals, and The Joy of Cooking.

“Justin: A Small Major Character” in The Process of Art (Clarendon Press, 1998)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Justin: A Small Major Character.” The Process of Art: Essays on Nineteenth-Century French Literature, Music, and Painting in Honour of Alan Raitt. Edited by Michael Freeman, Elizabeth Fallaize, Jill Forbes, Toby Garfitt, and Roger Pearson, with Janis Spurlock. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998. Pp. 214. 23 cm. ISBN: 9780198159537.

Julian Barnes’s essay “Justin: A Small Major Character” appears on pages 1-10. Additional contributors include:

Introduction: Roger Pearson
Alan Raitt: Mike Freeman
Professor A.W. Raitt: Curriculum Vitae
A Bibliography of the Published Writings of Alan Raitt: Janis Spurlock
Une amitie sans nuages: Jean Derens
Justin: A Small Major Character: Julian Barnes
In the Mind’s Eye: The Meanings of Liberty Guiding the People: David Bellos
Lautreamont’s Literary Life: Peter Dayan
Balzac and the Symbolist Cathedral: Tim Farrant and Juliet Simpson
De grands inachevements: Les Paysans, Les Petits Bourgeois, Le Depute d’Arcis: Andre Lorant
‘Shakespeare ou Maeterlinck’: Mallarme Reading Theatre: Patrick McGuinness
Huysmans emule de Flaubert: Tentation de la reecriture, reecriture de La Tentation (A rebours, La Tentation de saint Antoine, et Herodias): Bertrand Marchal
Au-dela du sacrifice: Les contes de L’Amour supreme de Villiers de l’Isle-Adam: Alain Nery
Quelques reflexions sur ‘Le Tueur de cygnes’: Jacques Noiray

Das Wörterbuch der übernommenen Ideen (Haffmans Verlag, 1987; Nachwort by Julian Barnes)


Notes on this edition: Gustave Flaubert. Das Wörterbuch der übernommenen Ideen | The Dictionary of Accepted Ideas. Zürich: Haffmans Verlag, 1987. Pp. 125. 17 cm. ISBN: 3251000993. (German).

Includes an afterwards (“nachwort”) by Julian Barnes on pages 111-121. Michael Walter translates Barnes’s essay.

“Emma Bovary’s Eyes” (Granta 7: Best of Young British Novelists, 1983)


Notes on this edition: Granta: Best of Young British Novelists, issue 7 (Granta, 1983). ISSN: 0017-3231; ISBN: 0140068333. Edited by Bill Buford and distributed by Penguin Books.

First appearance of Julian Barnes’s story “Emma Bovary’s Eyes” which later appeared as a chapter in his novel Flaubert’s Parrot. The Granta version contains some textual differences from the finished novel and appears on pages 59-67.

Other authors featured in this collection include: Martin Amis, Pat Barker, Ursula Bentley, William Boyd, Buchi Emecheta, Maggie Gee, Kazuo Ishiguro, Alan Judd, Adam Mars-Jones, Ian McEwan, Shiva Naipaul, Philip Norman, Christopher Priest, Salman Rushdie, Lisa de Terán, Clive Sinclair, Graham Swift, Rose Tremain, A. N. Wilson.

Flaubert et une gouvernante anglaise: à la recherhe de Juliet Herbert (Publications des Universités de Rouen et du Havre, 2011; Preface)


Notes on this edition: Flaubert et une gouvernante anglaise: à la recherhe de Juliet Herbert. Hermia Oliver. Mont-Saint-Aignan: Publications des Universités de Rouen et du Havre, 2011. Pp. 264. Translated by Gillian Pink.

Preface by Julian Barnes; printed in French (pp. 7-12) and English (pp. 12-16). The French translation of Barnes’s preface by Catriona Seth.

The book Flaubert and an English Governess was originally published in English in 1980 by Oxford University Press.

Dictionary of Received Ideas (Syrens, 1994; Preface)


Notes on this edition: Flaubert, Gustave. The Dictionary of Received Ideas. London: Syrens, 1994. Translated by Geoffrey Wall. Preface by Julian Barnes (pp. v-xi).

Syrens is a division of Penguin books, and they released this small, thin paperback edition of Flaubert’s The Dictionary of Received Ideas in 1994. They Syrens series included several titles of note, including James Fenton’s slim publication On Statues (1995) and Proust’s On Reading (1995).

For the Flaubert edition, Julian Barnes provides a preface in the format of a dictionary with one entry per letter. This format resembles (but is entirely different in content from) the dictionary chapter in his novel Flaubert’s Parrot.