A bestseller in France, where it was published in 1996 by Gallimard, "Marcel Proust" is sure to become the definitive biography of the writer who continues to capture the public's imagination. The great worldwide authority on Proust's work, Jean-Yves Tadie dismisses simplistic psychological speculations about Proust's life and motivations to focus instead on the facts and feel of late nineteenth-century Europe. Young Proust is not just a homosexual man with an unconscious resentment of his brother; he is a well-connected and frighteningly well-read man who approached writing as a serious, spiritual vocation. The last third of Tadie's biography, as the last third of Proust's life, is almost entirely occupied with the growth of A La Recherche. At one point, Tadie reproduces the final page of Proust's manuscript, with all its crossings-out and rewritings. His analysis is careful and illuminating. As one reviewer of the French edition has said, "we could not wish for a biographer more aware of theliterary implications of his task".
81 pages matching novel in this book
Results 1-3 of 81
What people are saying - Write a review
Marcel ProustUser Review - Book Verdict
This mammoth new biography of Marcel Proust has already been a best seller in France. Tadi (French literature, Sorbonne) is one of the world's leading scholars of Proust, about whom he has been publishing books since 1958. The author, who was editor of the Pleiade edition of In Search of Lost Time, delves into all aspects of Proust's life, including his middle-class childhood, his asthma, being a writer in the 1890s, and his homosexuality. The book is also a work of literary criticism. Tadi not only analyzes In Search of Lost Time but the books, paintings, music, and other influences that led Proust to write his masterpiece. Tadi argues that the biographer must interpret the facts of the subject's life and make choices based on those facts. This is especially difficult in Proust's case as he divulged little about his inner life after he left school. While much of his correspondence survives, many key letters do not, including those to his secretary, Alfred Agostinelli. However, Tadi has left no stone unturned in this magnificent biography, certain to be a standard for years to come. Highly recommended for larger literary collections and academic libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/00; for a forthcoming interview with Tadi , see LJ 9/1/00. Note also the release next month of Marcel Proust: Selected Letters. Vol. 4: 1918-1922, HarperCollins UK, dist. by Trafalgar.DEd.]DRon Ratliff, Emporia P.L., KS ...
Review: Marcel Proust: A LifeUser Review - Goodreads
Something I'm going to read concurrently or post my Proust project.
in The Schoolboy
Summer Holidays 188991
20 other sections not shown