In her Memories of Gustave Flaubert, Caroline Commanville recounts that her uncle encountered difficulties in learning to read. From the age of 11, he studied at the Collège Royal de Rouen, today’s Lycée Corneille. He began writing letters and personal texts very young. He wrote a lot, but during his youth he published only two short texts in the Rouen magazine Le Colibri. It was not until the age of 35 that a book appeared for the first time under his name: Madame Bovary.