More remarkably, the 19th century, and particularly the period of the second. Stendhal"s the red and the black, for example, had a printing of 750 copies, a fairly standard number for the 1830"s in contrast, sales of zola"s novels, only a few decades later, often surpassed. Third republic put in place a series of public libraries. Wilde however, public libraries continued to grow, and we find them popping up within the walls of factories, department stores, civil service departments. Workers themselves made attempts in the same direction, and we have many examples of workers" societies setting up their own lending libraries, which, of course, were closely watched by the police and government authorities. 5 commentators brought up the example of gustave flaubert"s madame bovary (1853) France was beginning to develop and the thinkers in this movement took the question of women"s reading very seriously. Interestingly, their ideas on the question in some ways resembled the thinking of the catholic ideologues.