Marcel Proust: A Penguin Lives Biography

Marcel Proust: A Penguin Lives Biography

by Edmund White
     
 

Penguin Viking has recently offered the first two volumes of a new series of biographies, Penguin Lives, books whose slim size belies the depth of insight offered therein. The authors and subjects in the series are thoughtfully paired; the inaugural releases offer western author Larry McMurtry's account of the brief life of Crazy Horse, and acclaimed gay authorSee more details below

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Penguin Viking has recently offered the first two volumes of a new series of biographies, Penguin Lives, books whose slim size belies the depth of insight offered therein. The authors and subjects in the series are thoughtfully paired; the inaugural releases offer western author Larry McMurtry's account of the brief life of Crazy Horse, and acclaimed gay author Edmund White's overview of the life and career of gay literary icon Marcel Proust.

Editorial Reviews

...White provides a concise and entertaining biographical sketch. He captures Proust's genius and eccentricity in a brisk, evocative tour of the author's world and mind.
Library Journal
White's portrait of Marcel Proust (1871-1922) heralds the debut (along with Larry McMurtry's Crazy Horse, LJ 11/15/98) of Penguin's new series of biographies edited by James Atlas. White, author of Genet: A Biography (LJ 1/94), attributes the recent fascination with Proust to the current popularity of the memoir. Proust, White says, is the master of all memoirists; one who, in Remembrance of Things Past, is able to capture the richness of the past through language, characterization, and the realization that "memories come flooding back to us in their full, sensuous force only when triggered involuntarily by tastes or smells or other sensations over which we have no control." Although he achieved fame in his lifetime and was considered a great wit in Parisian literary circles, Proust struggled continuously with his homosexuality and poor health. White's simple and elegantly written biography weaves literary criticism with respectful insight, and will appeal to general readers as well as scholars. Highly recommended.--Diane G. Premo, Rochester P.L., NY
Peter Ackroyd
Edmund White here explores the pathology of a man who was passionate and yet oblique, rhetorical and secretive; sentimental and yet clearsighted, innocent and depraved — a great writer condemned as a flaneur and a gossip who wrote a masterpiece.
The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670880577
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
Penguin Lives
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.75(d)

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