The Times Does Literature

We have, from time to time, noted the ludicrous ignorance of high school-level subjects like history and mathematics that is displayed in the pages of the New York Times. Add literature to that list. From today’s Corrections section:

An article on Jan. 20 about belly dancing in Egypt and a new law that bans foreign women from working as headline dancers in Cairo clubs and tourist resorts misstated the given name of the 19th-century French novelist Flaubert, who was among the first foreigners to write about Egyptian belly dancers. It was Gustave, not Auguste.

Flaubert, one of the greatest of nineteenth-century novelists, is best remembered today for his creation of Brigitte Bovary.


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