17 April 2008

Marcel Proust: an illustrated life

This short biographical study offers an introduction to Proust's strange life, and his unrelenting devotion to creativity. It's written by an expert, and presented in a very attractive manner with archive photographs on almost every page. Mary Ann Caws admits from the outset that with so many other excellent biographies of Proust available [by George Painter, Ronald Hayman, and William Sansom] there's no point in writing another. Instead, she produces an account of Proust which takes themes and motifs from his life as a starting point for meditations upon them - some of them not much longer than a single page, and others stretching out in more leisurely fashion to make well-informed reflections on the social context which gave rise to his work... Read more >>

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