Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siecle Paris

Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siecle Paris

by Caroline Weber

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ISBN-13: 9780307961785
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Pages: 736
Sales rank: 160,323
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

CAROLINE WEBER is a professor of French and Comparative Literature at Barnard College, Columbia University; she has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton. She is the author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the Revolution (2006) She has written for The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Financial Times, London Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, and New York magazine. She lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Overture: Like a Swan 1

Part 1

1 Rara Avis (June 2, 1885) 21

Leitmotif: Pretty Birds 45

2 My Don Giovanni, My Faust 46

3 The Kingdom of Shadows 83

Habanera: Oiseaux Rebelles 117

4 Bohemia's Child 118

5 The Fall and the Rise 159

6 Good for the Goose 187

Improvisation: Trills and Feathers 202

7 The Art of Being Seen 203

Bagatelle: Birdsong 242

8 Prince Charming 243

9 Paris High and Low 267

10 A Modern-Day Aramis 288

Chorale: Lovebirds 309

11 The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet 310

12 Lame Ducks 329

Part 2

Variations: Caged Birds 349

13 Kisses Never Given 350

14 Fodder for Sonnets 386

15 Birds of Paradise 403

16 The Picture of Mme Bizet 415

Cadenza: Painters, Writers, Parrots, Prophets 439

17 Elegance for Beginners 440

18 Our Heart 454

Pavane: Pair-Bonding 473

19 In Which Proust Is Disappointed 474

Lament: Oiseaux Tristes 479

20 Dead Love, Still Undying 481

21 The Replacements 508

22 Goddesses and Monsters 518

23 So Long as the Gesture Is Beautiful 532

24 Sovereigns of Transitory Things (May 30, 1894) 546

Rondo: The Real King of Birds, Or Vive Le Roitelet 571

Coda: Swan Song 572

Acknowledgments 573

Appendix A Author's Note 577

Appendix B Timeline of Political Régime Changes in France, 1792-1870 579

Appendix C Proust as Social Columnist 581

Notes 595

Works Consulted 669

Illustration Credits 699

Index 701

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