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Letters of Marcel Proust Paperback – May 1, 2006
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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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Ms. Curtiss has given us a translation that is more than decent. Her avowed goal was to use "a kind of English that it seemed to [her] Proust might have written, had he been bilingual". My only complaint is that here and there she left words or phrases in the original French, feeling that they were essentially untranslatable. This may be so, but for the English- (but not French-) speaker it interferes (given its frequency, not very seriously) with the understanding of some subtle points.
Furthermore, Ms. Curtiss has provided some very informative brief biographical notes on Proust's correspondents, given right before a new person appears as the addressee. These are accompanied by approximately 50 pages of notes, which offer further biographical facts, cross-referencing with "In Search of Lost Time", and some practical clarifications relating to the specific context of certain letters.
This edition also contains a useful index and a new introduction by Adam Gopnik which, though not mind-blowing, serves its purpose well.
Regarding Proust's contribution to this book (!): we see him corresponding with countless people, including family members, friends, and publishers. Among the topics that we see discussed are the Dreyfus affair, the Great War, as well as Proust's efforts toward getting "Swann's Way" published. I was also fascinated by Proust's attempts to summarize in a few (relatively short) paragraphs the content of the later volumes. The writing in these letters is in some senses different from that in the long novel, but, for all those who have already grown to love Proust's voice, it is wholly gratifying.
(Two corrections, one quite trivial, the other less so: a) the last page of the book is p. 564, not p. 462 like amazon says, and b) the book's title is "Letters of Marcel Proust", not "The Letters of Marcel Proust".)