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Swann's Way (Norton Critical Editions) [NOOK Book]

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In its centennial year, Marcel Proust?s masterpiece of literary imagination is available in a Norton Critical Edition.

Marcel Proust?s seven-volume masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time (A la recherche du temps perdu), has inspired many superlatives, among them ?the greatest novel ever written? and ?the greatest novel of the first half of the twentieth century.? Swann?s Way, the first volume of the Recherche and the most widely read and taught of all the volumes, is the ideal ...

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Overview

In its centennial year, Marcel Proust’s masterpiece of literary imagination is available in a Norton Critical Edition.

Marcel Proust’s seven-volume masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time (A la recherche du temps perdu), has inspired many superlatives, among them “the greatest novel ever written” and “the greatest novel of the first half of the twentieth century.” Swann’s Way, the first volume of the Recherche and the most widely read and taught of all the volumes, is the ideal introduction to Proust’s inventive genius. This Norton Critical Edition is based on C. K. Scott Moncrieff’s translation, which introduced the English-speaking world to Proust and was published during the author’s lifetime. It is accompanied by Susanna Lee’s introduction, note on the text, and explanatory annotations.

Marcel Proust was forty-two years old when Swann’s Way was published, but its foundational ideas and general shape had been evolving for decades. “Contexts” includes a 1912 reader’s report of the manuscript that exemplifies publishers’ complicated reactions to Proust’s new form of writing. Also included are three important post-publication reviews of the novel, by Elie-Joseph Bois, Lucien Daudet, and Paul Souday, as well as André Arnyvelde’s 1913 interview with Proust.

The fourteen critical essays and interpretations of Swann’s Way in this volume speak to the novel’s many facets—from the musical to the artistic to its representations of Judaism and homosexuality. Contributors include Gérard Genette, whose “Metonymy in Proust” appears here in English translation for the first time, along with Gilles Deleuze, Roger Shattuck, Claudia Brodsky, Julia Kristeva, Margaret E. Gray, and Alain de Botton, among others.

The edition also includes a Chronology of Proust’s Life and Work, a Selected Chronology of French Literature from 1870 to 1929, and a Selected Bibliography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393905168
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/10/2014
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 605
  • Sales rank: 1,348,489
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Marcel Proust was born July 10, 1871, the son of a respected Catholic doctor and a Jewish mother from a wealthy family. He continued crafting and correcting his manuscript for all seven volumes of Swann's Way until just before his death in 1922 at the age of fifty-one.
Susanna Lee’s thoughtful revision of the footnotes for the Second Edition, expanding detailed references to historical figures and nineteenth-century French locales, will greatly assist students in understanding this complicated novel. She is Associate Professor of French at Georgetown University. She is the author of A World Abandoned by God: Narrative and Secularism, and has written numerous articles on nineteenth-century narrative literature, the history of ideas, and American crime fiction.

Biography

Born to a wealthy family, iconic French writer Marcel Proust (1871-1922) studied law and literature. His social connections allowed him to become an observant habitué of the most exclusive drawing rooms of the nobility, and he wrote social pieces for Parisian journals. He published essays and stories, including the story collection Pleasures and Days (1896). He had suffered from asthma since childhood, and c. 1897 he began to disengage from social life as his health declined.

Half-Jewish himself, he became a major supporter of Alfred Dreyfus in the affair that made French anti-Semitism into a national issue. Deeply affected by his mother's death in 1905, he withdrew further from society. An incident of involuntary revival of childhood memory in 1909 led him to retire almost totally into an eccentric seclusion in his cork-lined bedroom to write À la recherche du temps perdu (in English: In Search of Lost Time or Remembrance of Things Past ). Published between 1913 and 1927, the vast seven-part novel is at once a kind of autobiography, a vast social panorama of France in the years just before and during World War I, and an immense meditation on love and jealousy and on art and its relation to reality. One of the supreme achievements in fiction of all time, it brought him worldwide fame and affected the entire climate of the 20th-century novel. Biography from Encyclopedia Britannica

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    1. Date of Birth:
      July 10, 1871
    2. Place of Birth:
      Auteuil, near Paris, France
    1. Date of Death:
      November 18, 1922
    2. Place of Death:
      Paris, France

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2004

    greatest

    What can be say for this book that has not already been say? I add this new translation is very fine for the English ear and will be a very fine introducion to many wishing to begin Proust but do not have learned French.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2014

    This edition is a crime.  Seriously.  If you love books, don't b

    This edition is a crime.  Seriously.  If you love books, don't buy this.  FInd a used copy from a REAL publisher.
    This book appears to be an OCR scan of another edition or someone dumped a edition for e-readers into a text
    file and printed it.  That someone is selling for their own profit (B&N?  Care
    to chime in?)  The book is typeset using block paragraphs which is hideous.  Strange recurring typos.
    DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2000

    Great Novel

    If there is a better book to read on a desert island then tell me. This book is meant to be read leisurely and slowly. Its prose produces a hypnotic effect with its elaborate detail. You will never see love treated in a more delicate but at the same time more analytical manner. The detail can get a little overwhelming at times but in the end its worth it. this book is not for the casual reader. I would not say it was the greatest book I have ever read but maybe i'll change my mind after I read the other volumes.

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  • Posted December 10, 2014

    Among the greatest works in the history of literature, it sits o

    Among the greatest works in the history of literature, it sits on my shortest bookshelf with Baudelaire, Goethe, Homer, D.F. Wallace, Dostoevsky, Durell.

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