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Publisher's Summary

Considered one of the greatest, and most influential, writers of the 20th century, Marcel Proust was also one of its most fascinating figures. A strange, reclusive genius who often lay in bed for days at a time obsessively rewriting his masterpiece, Remembrance of Things Past, Proust was at other times a tireless socialite, attending the grandest parties and dazzling guests with his vivacity and wit. But as a boy Proust was yearning and lonely, an ambitious grasper after honors, and a miserably closeted homosexual, an aspect of his life that this book explores frankly and perceptively.
©1999 Edmund White (P)2000 Books on Tape, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"White's simple and elegantly written biography weaves literary criticism with respectful insight and will appeal to general readers as well as scholars." (Library Journal)
"No one can match White's sensibility or his sympathy for the subject. His criticisms of Proust's work are consistently trenchant and insightful, and he brings to Proust's life the earned, respectful familiarity of a distinguished acolyte." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Stefan Balan on 01-30-17

Good bio, so-and-so reading

Would you listen to Marcel Proust again? Why?


What was one of the most memorable moments of Marcel Proust?

The bio is a wonderful mix of biographical details and well picked quotes from his works.

What didn’t you like about David Case’s performance?

I didn't like it. He has a pretentious tone, especially at the end of the sentence, which makes his reading slightly annoying and monotonous, thus diminishing the richness of the text.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It deserves a slower read.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Marta D'Agord on 09-05-15

An excellent biography

What did you love best about Marcel Proust?

He was a reader since childhood. And he transformed his own life as the subject of his books, writing it as fiction and creating his proper style of writing.

What other book might you compare Marcel Proust to and why?

James Joyce's Ulysses because both Joyce and Proust books recreate a new form of making literature with te subject of their proper lives, but adding a sense of irony.

What about David Case’s performance did you like?


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The narration of the author's childhood.

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