- Series: Trade
- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Assouline Publishing; 2012 reprint edition edition (March 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 2843236711
- ISBN-13: 978-2843236716
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Proust Questionnaire (Trade) Hardcover – March 1, 2005
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My favorite writer, Anais Nin, loved reading Proust, probably because of his passion for probing and analyzing the human psyche in its conscious and unconscious states; thus, the answers to his questions were intended to provide insight into the inner soul. According to Henry-Jean Servat, The Proust Questionnaire is one of "the most popular methods of interview used by media throughout the work, enjoying exceptional and indisputable renown" (p.14).
In Proust's time he had two questionnaires, separated by time, but similar in content, questionnaires he responded to allowing the reader to discover his psychological fears and fantasies as well as his favorite poets, writers, painters, composers, fears, embarrassing moments etc. This artfully designed volume presents copies of those questionnaires, both in Proust's handwritten responses in French in type set English form. But the pleasure of this idea doesn't stop there.
After a learned introduction by Henry-Jean Servant as to the manner in which the original questionnaires were used, William C. Carter relates the importance of Proust's influence on the arts that followed his death and the myriad films, books, studies, and conversations that continue. Then the creators of this colorful book placed the questionnaires in the hands of a number of interesting celebrities including Alain du Buton, Brigitte Bardot, Marisa Berenson, Richard Meier and Peter Lindbergh.
THEN the book opens Proust's game to the reader, supplying pages of questionnaires to pass among friends and guests in a party game for the intellect. The book makes a delightful curiosity for dinner parties, but it is the writing of the creators including the responses by Proust himself that make this book one to own. Grady Harp, December 06