Proust: The Search (Jewish Lives)

By: Taylor, Benjamin

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First edition. A very nice copy. 2015 Hard Cover. xiv, 199 pp. Marcel Proust came into his own as a novelist comparatively late in life, yet only Shakespeare, Balzac, Dickens, Tolstoy, and Dostoyevsky were his equals when it came to creating characters as memorably human. As biographer Benjamin Taylor suggests, Proust was a literary lightweight before writing his multi-volume masterwork In Search of Lost Time, but following a series of momentous historical and personal events, he became—against all expectations—one of the greatest writers of his, and indeed any, era. This insightful, beautifully written biography examines Proust’s artistic struggles—the “search” of the subtitle—and stunning metamorphosis in the context of his times. Taylor provides an in-depth study of the author’s life while exploring how Proust’s personal correspondence and published works were greatly informed by his mother’s Judaism, his homosexuality, and such dramatic events as the Dreyfus Affair and, above all, World War I. As Taylor writes in his prologue, “Proust’s Search is the most encyclopedic of novels, encompassing the essentials of human nature. . . . His account, running from the early years of the Third Republic to the aftermath of World War I, becomes the inclusive story of all lives, a colossal mimesis. To read the entire Search is to find oneself transfigured and victorious at journey’s end, at home in time and in eternity too.”

Title: Proust: The Search (Jewish Lives)

Author: Taylor, Benjamin

Categories: Literary Criticism, Modern First Editions, Literary & Intellectual,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Yale University Press: 2015

ISBN Number: 0300164165

ISBN Number 13: 9780300164169

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 2268592

Keywords: MARCEL PROUST BIOGRAPHY LITERARY CRITICISM LITERATURE,