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The Examined Life

Scratch `n' sniff lit

By Joshua Glenn
Globe Staff / September 12, 2004

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CLASSIC NOVELS are redolent with appeals to the reader's sense of smell. In "Madame Bovary," for example, Emma conjures up her absent lover by sniffing his cigar case: "A blend of verbena and tobacco," notes Flaubert. The vertiginous effects of the aroma of burnt juniper are dwelt upon in Gabriele D'Annunzio's "The Child of Pleasure." And in Wilde's "The Picture ... (Full Article: 368 Words)

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