Precocious, charming, and manipulative at age 16, Proust writes in a postscript to an 1888 letter, "I don't dare reread what I have written at full speed. I know very well one shouldn't write at full speed. But I have so much to say. It surges like a tide." Prescient words from a writer whose scintillating correspondence eventually filled 21 volumes. Letters of Marcel Proust,
a wonderfully revealing and usefully edited selected collection first published in 1948 and now revisited, brings Proust and all his familial and societal maneuverings vividly to light. As Adam Gopnik writes in his introduction, here is the true story of how a "social butterfly became a literary caterpillar."
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About the Author
Marcel Proust (1871-1922) French novelist, best known for Remembrance of Things Past, He was born in Auteuil, near Paris, the son of an eminent doctor, Adrien Proust, and his wife, Jeanne Weil, who was from a well-to-do Alsatian Jewish family. Other works were: Swann's Way Mina Curtiss, sister of Lincoln Kirstein, was born in Boston in 1898. A graduate of Smith College, she taught there for many years. Among her best known-works are "Letters of Marcel Proust", "Bizet and His World", and "A Forgotten Empress: Anna Ivanovna and Her Era, 1730-1740. Adam Gopnik, an essayist and commentator, is primarily known for his work published by The New Yorker, for which he has written since 1986. In 1995, the magazine dispatched him to Paris to write the "Paris Journals", in which he described life in the City of Light. These essays were later collected and published by Random House in Paris to the Moon.