Year of Reading Proust: A Memoir in Real Time

Year of Reading Proust: A Memoir in Real Time

by Phyllis Rose

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A brilliant and original memoir of midlife-a writing life, a reading life, a woman's life-by the distinguished author of Parallel Lives
Phyllis Rose, a biographer, essayist, and literary critic, finally got around to reading Proust in middle age. As Rose learned, you don't have to live through an unhappy childhood or celebrity adulthood to write an autobiography. You just need patience, candor, and a close-to-scientific passion for truth. She begins to learn how to navigate the intricacies of Proust's novels, at the same time reflecting on the course of her own life.

With striking honesty, Rose writes about marriage, friendship, childbirth, and her own mortality. As she moves from daily experience to what she's read and back again, she illuminates how the close reading of her own life reveals truths for the rest of us and how such a subtle celebration of books can help us live.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582430553
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 12/28/1999
Edition description: 1ST COUNTE
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Our Hearts Were Young and Gay9
Chapter 1Reading Proust15
Chapter 2TV Guide35
Chapter 3Ancient Glass59
Chapter 4How We Die83
Chapter 5Estrogen115
Chapter 6Skinned Alive139
Chapter 7The Who-Needs-Mother Cookbook167
Chapter 8Florida Landscape Plants197
Chapter 9An Unwritten Novel229
Recommended Reading257

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