Proust's Way

Proust's Way : A Field Guide to "In Search of Lost Time"

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For many years, Roger Shattuck has been mesmerised by one write. First came "Proust's Binoculars", a short, brilliant study published in 1964. Then came "Marcel Proust", commissioned by Frank Kermode for the Modern Masters series, which won the National Book Ward in 1974. A series of essays, lectures and reviews followed. Now, like Richard Ellmann, whose constant outpourings on Joyce resulted in his triumphant biography "James Joyce", Roger Shattuck has revisited his earlier writings and musings on Proust, and used them as a springboard to write a new and definitive work. Devoting particular attention to Proust's masterpiece "In Search of Lost Time", Shattuck laments his subject's defencelessness against zealous editors, praises some translations, examines Proust's place on the path of aesthetic decadence blazed by Baudelaire and Wilde, and presents him as a novelist whose philosophical gifts were matched by his irrepressible comic sense. This book is the culmination of a lifetime of scholarship; it should delight and enthral readers, and serve as the next generation's guide to Proust.
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 15mm | 212g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0140294988
  • 9780140294989

Table of contents

Introduction - a sense of life. Part 1 The work and its author: obstacles and inducements; the life of an "enfant nerveux"; an overdetermined universe. Part 2 How to read a Roman-fleuve: practical matters; the elements of the story; the plot; verisimilitude and homosexuality. Part 3 The comic vision: four scenes; a matter of temperament - the opening stumble; the uses of the comic. Part 4 Proust's complaint: false scents; from places to people - the "infirmity in my nature"; soul error; the paradox of consciousness. Part 5 Proust's binoculars - memory and recognition: optics and vision; happiness and memory; recognitions. Part 6 Art and idolatry: art; idolatry. Part 7 The structure of sheer length: finding a form; lost and found. Part 8 Continuing disputes: too much of Proust?; the challenge of translation; filming the unfilmable; time and space; intelligence versus sensibility - Proust's wager and "experimental faith". Part 9 Reading for your life: CODA - Proust's "mysterious laws of thought"; appendices.
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About Roger Shattuck

Roger Shattuck taught for many years at Boston University, and now lives in Vermont, He is the author, most recently, of Candor and Perversion.
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