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Proust: The Search

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780300164169
Author(s): Benjamin Taylor
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2015
Publisher: Yale University Press
Pages: 224
Series: Jewish Lives (Hardcover)

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An arresting new study of the life, times, and achievement of one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century 'Taylor's endeavor is not to explain the life by the novel or the novel by the life but to show how different events, different emotional upheavals, fired Proust's imagination and, albeit sometimes completely transformed, appeared in his work. The result is a very subtle, thought-provoking book.'-Anka Muhlstein, author of Balzac's Omelette and Monsieur Proust's Library Marcel Proust came into his own as a novelist comparatively late in life, yet only Shakespeare, Balzac, Dickens, Tolstoy, and Dostoyevsky were his equals when it came to creating characters as memorably human. As biographer Benjamin Taylor suggests, Proust was a literary lightweight before writing his multivolume masterwork In Search of Lost Time, but following a series of momentous historical and personal events, he became-against all expectations-one of the greatest writers of his, and indeed any, era. This insightful, beautifully written biography examines Proust's artistic struggles-the 'search' of the subtitle-and stunning metamorphosis in the context of his times.
Taylor provides an in-depth study of the author's life while exploring how Proust's personal correspondence and published works were greatly informed by his mother's Judaism, his homosexuality, and such dramatic events as the Dreyfus Affair and, above all, World War I. As Taylor writes in hi Please click here to ask a question
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