Proust

Proust

The Search

eBook - 2015
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Yale University
An arresting new study of the life, times, and achievement of one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century

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, before writing In Search of Lost Time, his multivolume masterwork, Proust was a literary lightweight, 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 growth 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 historical events as the Dreyfus Affair and, above all, the First World War.


Baker & Taylor
Examining the artistic struggles of one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, an in-depth study of the notable author's life explores how his personal correspondence and published works were greatly informed by his mother's Judaism, his homosexuality and World War I.

Publisher: New Haven :, Yale University Press,, 2015
ISBN: 9780300165968
030016596X
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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