Marcel Proust (Overlook Illustrated Lives)

Marcel Proust (Overlook Illustrated Lives)

by Mary Ann Caws, Mary Ann Caws
     
 

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The Overlook Illustrated Lives series offers visual literary biographies, incisively and informatively written by leading experts, accompanied by photographs and illustrations that bring to life the author's world. Coinciding with the publication of the first all-new English translation of Proust's great work in more than seventy years, Marcel Proust vividly

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The Overlook Illustrated Lives series offers visual literary biographies, incisively and informatively written by leading experts, accompanied by photographs and illustrations that bring to life the author's world. Coinciding with the publication of the first all-new English translation of Proust's great work in more than seventy years, Marcel Proust vividly captures Proust's solitary genius and life of passionate observation, from his daily routines to the elite social circle that fascinated his youth.

The more than one hundred photos and illustrations, some previously unpublished, enable readers to share the celebrated author's sight-and how others saw him: Proust's favorite paintings, portraits of the people he was close to, sources for his fictional characterizations, copious illustrations of the theatrical events and exhibitions Proust attended with such enthusiasm, scores of the music he loved, his manuscripts, sketches, and the places dear to him and central to the great novel that was his life's work.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Caws (English, French, and comparative literature, CUNY) has written and edited numerous works on such subjects as Kafka, Mallarm , and Virginia Woolf. Her newest book continues the tradition of Overlook's "Illustrated Lives" series by offering interesting details about Proust, including information on his daily routine (even his meals), his family, and friends. Each of the 15 chapters focuses on a particular aspect of his life and contains numerous illustrations, including paintings, photographs, music scores, and manuscripts. Caws has a lot to say but because of her anecdotal writing style occasionally loses focus. However, this work provides intriguing background on the society Proust frequented and the individuals in his life whom he immortalized in his fiction. Of particular interest are the chapters on John Ruskin, art, and music, especially the illustrations and descriptions of the Ballets Russes. Unfortunately, there is no index. Recommended for academic and public libraries that support French literature and history.-Erica Swenson Danowitz, American Univ. Lib., Washington, DC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585674053
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
08/25/2003
Series:
Overlook Illustrated Lives Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Caws is distinguished professor of English, French, and comparative literature at the City University of New York. She is the author of many books, including another title in the Overlook Illustrated Lives series, Virginia Woolf.

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