Pleasures and regrets
Originally published in 1896, Proust's first book consists of stories and sketches on a variety of subjects including love, jealousy, ambition, time, and death, themes he was later to perfect in Remembrance of Things Past. In his biography of Proust, G.D. Painter remarked that these early stories are "reservoirs of Time Lost, a vat from which, after their long steeping, Mme. Fremer, Baldassare Silvande, Hippolyta, Honore, will emerge utterly transfigured as Mme. Verdurin, Uncle Adolphe, Oriane de Guermantes, the Narrator...Proust is already speaking with authority of Time, Jealousy, Habit, Oblivion.
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