This book, first published in 1940, provides an introduction to the life and work of the French novelist, critic, and essayist Marcel Proust, who is considered by many to be one of the greatest authors of all time. This book will be of interest to students of literature.
Part 1; 1. Childhood and adolescence: Illiers, the Champs Élysées and the Lycée Condorcet: early friendships and first literary efforts 2. Entrance into Society: the drawing-room of Mme Strauss: portrait of a young author: the literary coteries of Mme Aubernon, Mme Arman de Caillavet and Mme de Loynes 3. Military service: new friendships: Anatole France: choosing a career: the Sorbonne: Le Banquet: Mme Laure Hayman and the receptions of Mme Lemaire 4. Robert de Montesquiou 5. The invalid about Town: the "imitations": the Princesse Mathilde: supper at Weber’s and nocturnal discussions 6. The Honorary Attaché to the Mazarine Library: Les Plaisirs et les Jours: Les Lauriers sont Coupés: the duel 7. The Dreyfus Case 8. First journalistic pieces: the invalid at home: more new friendships: the Gothic Cathedrals: the family circle: death of Professor Proust 9. The Bible of Amiens: Figaro sketches: death of Mme Proust 10. Sesame and Lilies: imprisonment at Versailles: preparation for Á le Recherche du Temps Perdu 11. Years of work: more Figaro sketches: holidays at Cabourg: the search for a publisher: the choice of titles: the appearance of Swann 12. War: the amplification of the novel: Céleste: the change of publishers: more new friends: the armistice 13. The appearance of Pastiches et Mélanges and Á l’Ombre des Jeunes Filles en Fleur: the move from the Boulevard Hausmann: the Prix Goncourt: success at last: Le Côté de Guermantes and Sodome et Gomorrhe: friendship with the critics: last days; Part 2; 1. Posthumous publications: an outline of Á la Recherche du Temps Perdu 2. The effects of Time and the world of Society 3. The chief characters of the book, their derivations and development. Swann: Odette: Mme Verdurin: the Guermantes:: Françoise 4. The world of Art: Berma, Vinteuil, Elstir and Bergotte 5. Gilberte and Alertine: desire, jealousy and love 6. Memory and unconscious: imagination and habit 7. Time Regained: consciousness and reality: the inspiration and function of creative art 8. Critical survey and conclusion; Bibliography; Index
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