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.More
"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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Read Proust himself instead.
Good bio, so-and-so reading
The bio is a wonderful mix of biographical details and well picked quotes from his works.
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.
No. It deserves a slower read.
- Stefan Balan "StB"