Proust

Proust[Download] ➾ Proust ➼ Benjamin Taylor – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Marcel Proust came into his own as a novelist comparatively late in life yet only Shakespeare Balzac Dickens Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky were his euals when it came to creating characters as memorably hum Marcel Proust came into his own as a novelist comparatively late in life yet only Shakespeare Balzac Dickens Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky were his euals when it came to creating characters as memorably human As biographer Benjamin Taylor suggests before writing In Search of Lost Time his multivolume masterwork Proust was a literary lightweight but following a series of momentous historical and personal events he became—against all expectations—one of the greatest writers of his and indeed any era   This insightful beautifully written biography examines Proust’s artistic growth and stunning metamorphosis in the context of his times Taylor provides an in depth study of the author’s life while exploring how Proust’s personal correspondence and published works were greatly informed by his mother’s Judaism his homosexuality and such dramatic historical events as the Dreyfus Affair and above all the First World War. Benjamin Taylor's abbreviated biography is not the place to begin with Proust – there are massive biographies by George Painter a sentimental favorite and Jean Yves Tadié as well as Edmund White's handsome abridged version Taylor's book belongs in the good company of slim volumes like Proust in Love or Monsieur Proust's Library a view into one aspect of Proust's life and work the mysterious inner alchemy that turned a lazy fop into the author of the greatest novel of the 20th centuryTaylor doesn't provide any dramatic revelations What he offers is a series of polished reflections on the transition that will engage anyone who's worked their way through the volumes of In Search of Lost Time I could have forgiven his omission of one of the distasteful aspects of Proust's private eroticism but appreciated his light touch On the subject of Proust's erotic tastes Tadié writes He reuired increasingly complicated scenarios voyeurism and masturbation had always been at the wretched core of this Proust possessed nothing and no one despite his attempts at relationships; the power he tried to exercise over people was of a moral kind which explains the cross examinations the solemn pacts the inevitability that to be loved by him was to stand trial He never succeeded in these relationships except with his mother and with Céleste Albaret We should console ourselves with the thought that no historian has ever classified writers according to their sexual achievements All just and accurate and beyond anything said by earlier Proustians – though what is so wretched about voyeurism and masturbation I do not seeIndeed such are the besetting sins of any writer or less The astonishing thing is that Proust's books seem to know everything about love jealousy and the permutations of desire For those looking for instant insight into Proust I highly recommend The Proust Project with lightning essays by André Aciman Lydia Davis Richard Howard Susan Minot Colm Tóibín Edmund White et al I'm guessing Tadié has never heard of Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love which proves that being smart or getting laid isn't everything

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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Proust
  • Benjamin Taylor
  • 04 November 2014
  • 9780300164169