Marcel Proust: On Art and Literature 1896-1919

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Marcel Proust: On Art and Literature 1896-1919

Format:  Paperback,

416 pages

Publisher: Perseus Books Group

Publish Date: Oct 1997

ISBN-13: 9780786704545

ISBN-10: 0786704543

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Beginning with the remarkable essay "Contre Sainte-Beuve", this surprising and stimulating critical collection includes Proust on the contemporary writing of his era, on painting and painters, and on such literary masters of the nineteenth century as Tolstoy, Goethe, and Stendhal.


Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: Oct 1997
ISBN-13: 9780786704545
ISBN-10: 0786704543
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.05
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 0978078670454

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Biography of Proust, Marcel

Proust is one of the seminal figures in modern literature, matched only in stature by Joyce, Woolf, Mann and Kafka. By the last decade of the 19th century, the charming and ambitious Proust, born into a wealthy bourgeois family, was already a famous Paris socialite who attended the most fashionable salons of the day. The death of his parents in the early years of the 20th century, coupled with his own increasingly ill health, made of Proust a recluse who confined himself to his cork-lined bedroom on the Boulevard Haussmann.

There he concentrated on the composition of his great masterpiece, Remembrance of Things Past (1913-27). In recent years, it was discovered that he had already prepared a first draft of the work in the 1890s in Jean Santeuil, which was only published posthumously in 1952. Remembrance of Things Past resists summary. Seeming at turns to be fiction, autobiography, and essay, Remembrance is a vast meditation on the relationship between time, memory, and art.

In it the narrator, who bears the same first name as the author, attempts to reconstruct his life from early childhood to middle age. In the process, he surveys French society at the turn of the century and describes the eventual decline of the aristocracy in the face of the rising middle class. The process of reconstruction of Marcel's past life is made possible by the psychological device of involuntary memory; according to this theory, all of our past lies hidden within us only to be rediscovered and brought to the surface by some unexpected sense perception.

In the final volume of the work, the narrator, who has succeeded in recapturing his past, resolves to preserve it through the Work of Art, his novel. He died of pneumonia and a pulmonary abscess in 1922. He was buried in the Pre Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentp. 7
Translator's prefacep. 9
Prologuep. 19
In slumbersp. 27
Bedroomsp. 33
The daysp. 39
The Countessp. 51
The article in Le Figarop. 59
The sunbeam on the balconyp. 70
Talking to Mammap. 83
The method of Sainte-Beuvep. 94
Saint-Beuve and Baudelairep. 120
Gerard de Nervalp. 144
Sainte-Beuve and Balzacp. 157
Monsieur de Guermantes's Balzacp. 190
A race accursedp. 210
Namesp. 230
The returnp. 248
The return to the presentp. 265
Against the young writers of the dayp. 279
On tastep. 281
A history of French satirep. 283
A Sunday concert at the Conservatoirep. 288
Patriotism and the Christian Spiritp. 292
On La Bonne Helenep. 294
Portrait of a writerp. 298
Poet and novelistp. 302
The wane of inspirationp. 305
The artist in contemplationp. 307
The creed of artp. 314
Watteaup. 319
Chardinp. 323
Rembrandtp. 337
Gustave Moreaup. 345
Monetp. 356
Goethep. 363
Chateaubriandp. 367
Joubertp. 371
Notes on Stendhalp. 373
George Eliotp. 376
Tolstoip. 378
Dostoievskip. 380
Jules Renardp. 382
Robert de Montesquioup. 384
Henri de Regnierp. 393
Leon Daudetp. 395
Translator's notep. 399
Notesp. 400

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