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"This gemlike exploration of the literary underpinnings of  A la recherche du temps perdu reveals a Marcel Proust who did not so much read books as "absorb" them." -The New Yorker

"Anka Muhlstein, who most recently wrote about Balzac (Balzac's Omelette), here turns her attention to Proust's enthusiasms, antagonisms, and literary influences- a perfect subject during this centennial of Swann's Way.  That herself is French and was brought up in Paris and in a not dissimilar lycee system makes her a reader who is sensitive to nuances of style and echoes of older standard French authors." -Edmund White, New York Review of Books

"With Monsieur Proust's Library, Anka Muhlstein has added another volume to the collection of splendid books about Proust. A woman of intellectual refinement, subtle understanding and deep literary culture…Ms. Muhlstein is an excellent provisioner of high-quality intellectual goods.” -Wall Street Journal

"...Anka Muhlstein’s Monsieur Proust’s Library, which looks at In Search of Lost Time by way of the books that Proust himself read and the way they influenced both the book and its characters, has become a permanent addition to my Proust library, and is a must read both for Proustians and want-to-be Proustians alike...It’s a marvelous book." -Publishing Perspectives

"Muhlstein shows admirable restraint, focusing on select topics to contextualize Proust’s work in an accessible way...It’s a quick read, and the tight focus and brisk, topical chapters offer an entrée to a work that is not always easy to penetrate." -The Coffin Factory

"This engaging little volume looks at the writers and literary works that influenced Marcel Proust, a passionate reader whose characters often appear book-in-hand. A helpful introduction to A la recherche du temps perdu, this new work reveals the ways in which Proust’s favorite writers—Saint-Simon, Racine, Mme de Sévigné, Balzac, Baudelaire, Dostoyevsky—inform his magnum opus." -France Magazine

"The author of Balzac’s Omelette offers another sensual appreciation of a classic author, this time submitting to the books that Proust loved...You don’t absolutely need to know In Search of Lost Time to read Muhlstein’s brisk little volume, a mini-biography that dissects the many literary influences of [Proust]." -The Daily Beast (Hot Reads)

"[Muhlstein] is thoroughly versed not only in Proust’s life but also in his work; her knowledge of individual characters is especially striking...This biography is an easy and interesting read, even for the novice Proust scholar, and an excellent accompaniment to an In Search of Lost Time (re)read." -San Francisco Book Review

"Muhlstein has ideas of her own about the way in which Proust not only dealt with the anxieties of influence but also brought to a head a long and rich tradition -- something one can scarcely imagine a writer doing today." -Gay and Lesbian Review

About the Author

Anka Muhlstein was born in Paris in 1935. Muhlstein has published biographies of Queen Victoria, James de Rothschild, Cavelier de La Salle, and Astolphe de Custine; studies on Catherine de Médicis, Marie de Médicis, and Anne of Austria; a double biography, Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart; and most recently, Balzac’s Omelette (Other Press). She has won two prizes from the Académie française and the Goncourt Prize for Biography. She and her husband, Louis Begley, have written a book on Venice, Venice for Lovers. They live in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Other Press; 1St Edition edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590515668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590515662
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert S. Hanenberg on February 14, 2013
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This is a book of essays on Proust and books. There are chapters about what Proust read, both French and foreign books, what his characters read and how well they understood it and what characters in literature Proust's characters were based on. At the end there is a chapter on Proust's satire of the Goncourt Brothers.

I suspect that not much will be new to specialists, but it is nice to have so much Proust scholarship packaged in one place. Much of it was new to me, who have spent 25 years reading this novel. I especially enjoyed the material on how Saint-Simon's memoirs and Balzac's novels influenced the character of the Baron de Charlus. I had not known how much the character of the narrator was influenced by Racine. Much of the book consists of footnotes with French texts. Because of these footnotes, I read bits of Racine for the first time, and liked them.

These essays are well-written. The book is short--you can read it in an afternoon. I read it twice and enjoyed it both times. Highly recommended.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Like other reviewers, I didn't really know what to expect, but unlike other reviewers I was pleasantly surprised. Too often, books about Proust are really about the authors of those books (Proust Can Change Your Life), or are so insubstantial as to be not worth the price of the postage (Proust's Overcoat). But this is a valuable contribution to understanding and appreciating Proust's novel by showing how Proust's personal reading influenced the composition, the characters and the themes of his novel. In the process, it is also an entertaining essay on "good" and "bad" readers. The author obviously did much research and reading to put the book together, but it isn't written in scholarly jargon.
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If you love Marcel, you will adore Anka"s sweet work. The comments and trenchant and fascinating, especially those that gave me new information, like Marcel's love of Racine. A terrific read for Proust -lovers, buy it, savor it, its' second only to the master himself
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The title of Anka Muhlstein's new book, `M. Proust's Library', at first struck me as odd, since Proust did not have much of a book collection. Proust seems to have committed large sections of whatever he read to memory, making the ownership of books superfluous. But she has the wider meaning of library in mind. One of her threads helped me to better way frame the famous madeleine incident.

Proust's Search can actually be condensed quite a lot once we ignore all the Marcel flashback stuff. A middle-aged man, in anguish over how to become a writer, has a pleasant glow of reminiscence after the taste of a pastry dipped in warm tea creates a kind of space-time wormhole to his childhood. But the glow fades. He takes a walk in the Bois in order to bring back more of these unforced memories. The walk ends in gloom as he is reminded simply of the loss of beauty in his life. He visits a childhood friend--but their conversations do not show him a way forward as an artist. He commits himself to some sort of asylum for renewal, which he interrupts to take a short trip to Paris during the war years. He sees startling events, but still cannot figure out how to knit them together into a narrative. Years later he returns to Paris again and accepts an invitation to a soirée filled with characters he had known throughout his childhood and youth. It is here that everything changes.
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By mal on December 7, 2014
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Anka Muhlstein's reading of Proust reveals a person who like Proust himself cherishes the all consuming joy of the reading .What a pleasure it is to encounter a writer gifted and perceptive to point the fine act of creative experience
of an extraordinary man. Proust ideal of creating beauty in literary form lifts ordinary to sublime . Anka Muhlstein scholarly review of Proust is sending me back to rereading Proust and the writers that influenced his creativity.
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Anka Muhlstein has done a splendid piece of work. Not only is the content very informative but the presentation is refined. On a par with one's expecxtations when it comes to Proust himself.
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