Dictionary of Literary Biography: Marcel Proust: A Documentary Volume

  • Series Name: Dictionary of Literary Biography Series
  • Volume 371
  • Editor: William C. Carter
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  • ISBN-10: 0787696463
  • ISBN-13: 9780787696467
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  • 464 Pages | Print | Hardcover
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This award-winning multi-volume series is dedicated to making literature and its creators better understood and more accessible to students and interested readers, while satisfying the standards of librarians, teachers and scholars. DICTIONARY OF LITERARY BIOGRAPHY provides reliable information in an easily comprehensible format, while placing writers in the larger perspective of literary history. DICTIONARY OF LITERARY BIOGRAPHY systematically presents career biographies and criticism of writers from all eras and all genres through volumes dedicated to specific types of literature and time periods.

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Table of Contents

Plan of the Series.
Introduction.
Acknowledgments.
Permissions.
Works by Marcel Proust.
Marcel Proust: A Chronology of His Career and Writings.
1. BECOMING A "MAN OF LETTERS".
Proust’s Parents. "Until Death Breaks the Bond"--Marcel Proust, Jean Santeuil. Birth and Childhood. "Where We Lived with My Uncle"--Proust, preface to Propos de peintre, I, De David à Degas. "A Church Epitomizing the Town"--Proust, Du côté de chez Swann. Sidebar: "Every Fold of the Sky". "The Ruling of the Household"--Jean Santeuil. "At the End of the Meal"--Proust, preface to Sésame et les lys. "Supernatural Apparitions of Many Colors"--Du côté de chez Swann. "An Immense Garden"--Jean Santeuil. "Two Distinct Entities"--Du côté de chez Swann. "The Fascination of My Book"--Du côté de chez Swann. "Bidding Farewell to My Hawthorns"--Du côté de chez Swann. "The Unheeded Air"--Proust, L’Indifférent. "A Period of Training"--Proust to Maurice Barrès, 19 January 1906. "To Kiss Me Goodnight"--Proust, Les Plaisirs et les jours. "Health-Giving Draughts"--Du côté de chez Swann. "A Very Small Village"--Proust to Nathé Weil, September 1881. "A Swimming-Bath"--Jean Santeuil. "Rising Like a Dirge"--Proust, Albertine disparue. "The Season’s Everlasting Glory"--Jean Santeuil. "The Land in Which I Would Like to Live"--Du côté de chez Swann. School Years. Clouds--Proust, "Les Nuages". Sidebar: The First Proust Questionaire. Sidebar: "I Would Hasten to the Morris Column". "Like a Wound-Up Top"--draft for Du côté de chez Swann. Sidebar: "A Young Persian Prince". "My Stomach Is Divine"--Proust to Madame Jeanne Proust, 24 September 1887. "You Wrote It without Thinking"--Jean Santeuil. "The Sky Is Dark Purple"--Proust, La Revue lilas, fall 1888. "All the Sleeping Things"--Proust, La Revue lilas, fall 1888. "While They Embrace and Caress"--Proust, fall 1888. "A Chapel Filled with You"--Proust to Anatole France, mid-May 1889. Private Proust. "Proust Chose to Join"--Anthony Powell. "Eleven Pieces of Cake"--Madame Proust to Proust, 14 December 1889. "Mutual Contempt"--Jean Santeuil. "Endless Inquiries"--Jean Santeuil. "One of Them"--Jean Santeuil. "The Things That They Loved"--Proust, Sodome et Gomorrhe. "Marcel at Nineteen"--Robert de Billy. "Punch for His Friends"--Jean Santeuil. "That Great Community Called a Barracks"--Proust, Le Côté de Guermantes. "His Year in the Ranks"--Powell. Sidebar: Proust’s Paris. Les Plaisirs et les jours. Sidebar: The Second Proust Questionaire. "Among Several Evils"--Proust to Dr. Proust, 28 September 1893. "Our Taste for Beauty"--Proust, La Revue blanche, December 1893. "A Terrible Thing to Do"--Colette to Proust, spring 1895. "Some of My Worst Poems"--Proust to Comte Robert de Montesquiou, 27 May 1895. "A Fortunate Book!": Preface to Les Plaisirs et les jours--Anatole France. "A Moral Elegance"--Proust, dedication to Willie Heath, Les Plaisirs et les jours. Antoine Watteau--Les Plaisirs et les jours. Chopin--Les Plaisirs et les jours. Regrets, Reveries the Color of Time--Les Plaisirs et les jours. The End of Jealousy--Les Plaisirs et les jours. The Response to Les Plaisirs et les jours. "The Literary Mirror of a Soul and a Mind": Review of Les Plaisirs et les jours--Paul Perret, La Liberté, 26 June 1896. Sidebar: "Did You Read My Book? ". "A New La Bruyère for Our Time": Review of Les Plaisirs et les jours--Édouard Rod, Le Gaulois, 27 June 1896. "Excessively Elegant and Pretty": Review of Les Plaisirs et les jours--Léon Blum, La Revue blanche, 1 July 1896. "Using the Most Famous Names": Review of Les Plaisirs et les jours--Fernand Gregh, La Revue de Paris, 15 July 1896. Sidebar: "As Though It Were a Salon". "Delicate and Sure Understanding": Review of Les Plaisirs et les jours--Charles Maurras, La Revue encyclopédique, 22 August 1896. "Sheer Amateurism": Review of Les Plaisirs et les jour--Jean Lorrain, Le Journal, 3 February 1897. Sidebar: "At the Stage of Promise".
2. PROUST’S "ERA OF TRANSLATION".
Jean Santeuil. "The Very Essence of My Life"--Marcel Proust, Jean Santeuil. "The Intoxicating Glow of Poetry and of Recollection"--Jean Santeuil. "Caught Up and Made Present"--Jean Santeuil. "A More and More Living Reality"--Proust to Marie Nordlinger, late December 1898. "Less Artifice, but Also Less Art"--André Maurois. Facsimile: Manuscript page for Jean Santeuil. At the Century’s Turn. "A Collector of Ruins"--Proust to Nordlinger, 5 December 1899. Sidebar: A Changing World. "Would You Be an Angel?"--Proust to Madame Jeanne Proust, fall 1899. "How Vigorously This Dead Man Still Lives"--Proust to Nordlinger, January 1900. "What Interests Me Most"--Proust to Nordlinger, 7 or 8 February 1900. "No Knowledge Is Involved"--Proust to Nordlinger, early March 1900. "Beside Me in That Cool Penumbra"--Proust, Albertine disparue. "I Entered the Giotto Chapel"--Albertine disparue. Sidebar: "A Thousand Characters for Novels". "I Claim to Know Ruskin"--Proust to Constantin de Brancovan, January 1903. "Follow Me to the Rue de Berri"--Proust, "Un Salon Historique: Le Salon de S. A. I. La Princesse Mathilde," Le Figaro, 25 February 1903. La Bible d’Amiens. "Dedicated with Tender Affection"--La Bible d’Amiens, 27 February 1904. "O My Greatest Affection"--Proust to Reynaldo Hahn, 27 February 1904. "Content with Onan’s Sin"--Proust to Louisa de Mornand, February/March 1904. "To Satisfy Ourselves"--Proust, preface to La Bible d’Amiens. "His Idolatry and His Sincerity" preface to La Bible d’Amiens. "The Things He Had Made Me Love"--preface to La Bible d’Amiens. "The Beginning of Freedom"--preface to La Bible d’Amiens. "Two Ruskins to Do"--Proust to Maurice Barrès, 13 March 1904. "Full of Good Things": Review of La Bible d’Amiens--André Chaumeix, Le Journal des débats, 20 March 1904. Facsimile: Proust’s drawing of Amiens Cathedral. "Vibrant and Original Language": Presenting La Bible d’Amiens, 28 May 1904--Henri Bergson. "French Genius"--Proust, Le Figaro, August 1904. "Only One Real Freedom for the Artist"--Proust to Maurice Le Blond, August 1904. "As Gentle As I Was Able"--Proust to Georges Goyau, 18 December 1904. Sésame et les Lys. "Long Silken Threads"--Proust to Robert Dreyfus, 3 July 1905. "Books of Another Time"--Proust, preface to Sésame et les Lys. "The True Life of the Mind"--preface to Sésame et les Lys. "The Word Sesame"--Proust, note for Sésame et les Lys. "An Astounding Success": Review of Sésame et les Lys--André Beaunier, Le Figaro, 17 June 1906. "The Pleasure of Controversy": Review of Sésame et les Lys--Henry-D. Davray, Le Mercure de France, 15 July 1906. "I’ve Closed Forever the Era of Translation"--Proust to Nordlinger, 7 December 1906.
3. À LA RECHERCHE DU TEMPS PERDU.
Facsimile: The last page of the À la recherche du temps perdu manuscript. Beginnings. "In My Infinite Heart"--Marcel Proust, June 1907. "Three Steeples"--Proust, Le Figaro, 19 November 1907. "A Fairly Long Piece of Work"--Proust to Madame Straus, 2 February 1908. "What I’m Working On"--Proust to Louis d’Albufera, early May 1908. "Two Different Ways"--Proust to Anna de Noailles, mid-December 1908. "An Article on Sainte-Beuve"--Proust, draft for Contre Sainte-Beuve. "I Soaked the Toast in the Cup of Tea"--draft for Contre Sainte-Beuve. Finding a Publisher. "I Shall Proceed to Bother You"--Proust to Alfred Vallette, mid-August 1909. "Where Is It Leading To?"--Jacques Madeleine, reader’s report, 1912. "Before Falling Asleep"--Louis Boyer, reader’s report. "The Clear Presentation of My Work"--Proust to René Blum, around 20 February 1913. Facsimile: The first galley of Du côté de chez Swann. Facsimile: Detail of the first galley. "In Search of Lost Time": An Interview with Élie-Joseph Bois--Le Temps, 13 November 1913. Facsimile: Portions of galleys 36 and 51. Du côté de chez Swann. "A Phenomenal Sensibility": Review of Du côté de chez Swann--Lucien Daudet, Le Figaro, 27 November 1913. "A Study to Get One’s Teeth Into”: Review of Du côté de chez Swann--Marcel Drouet, La Dépêche de l’est, 2 December 1913. "In The Manner of the Poets": Review of Du côté de chez Swann--Francis Chevassu, Le Figaro, 8 December 1913. "As Excessive as It Is Chaotic": Review of Du côté de chez Swann--Paul Souday, Le Temps, 10 December 1913. "A Soft Voice, Somewhat Low": Review of Du côté de chez Swann--Paul Reboux, Le Journal, 23 December 1913. "A Soul Masquerading as a Book": Review of Du côté de chez Swann--Maurice Rostand, Comoedia, 26 December 1913. "The Opposite of a Work of Art": Review of Du côté de chez Swann--Henri Ghéon, La Nouvelle Revue française, 1 January 1914. "One of the Most Important Books of the Year": Review of Du côté de chez Swann--Gaston de Pawlowski, Comoedia, 11 January 1914. "Literary Marquetry": Review of Du côté de chez Swann--Paul Abram, La Petite République, 19 January 1914. "A Precious Rarity": Review of Du côté de chez Swann--André Chaumeix, Le Journal des débats, 25 January 1914. "A First-Rate Book": Review of Du côté de chez Swann--Louis Latourette, Les Écrits français, 5 April 1914. "Both Original and Beautiful": Review of Du côté de chez Swann--Jacques-Émile Blanche, L’Écho de Paris, 15 April 1914. "No Logical Order or Time Sequence": Review of Du côté de chez Swann--F. Jean Monique, Effort libre, May 1914. "A Contradictory Monster": Review of Du côté de chez Swann--Henri Potez, L’Écho du Nord, 5 June 1914. À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs. Facsimile: Inscription for Princess Soutzo in À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs. Sidebar: "To Madame Princesse Soutzo". "Charm Takes Over": Review of À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs--Abel Hermant, Le Figaro, 24 August 1919. "A Psychological Monument": Review of À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs--Jacques Rivière, Excelsior, 11 December 1919. "Reading for Reading’s Sake": Review of A l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs--André Billy, 1920. "The Most Rejuvenating of All the Novelists"--Jacques Rivière, La Nouvelle Revue française, 1 January 1920. "A History of a Society": Review of A l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs--Rachilde, Le Mercure de France, 1 January 1920. Proust’s Reputation in the Early 1920s."Watching Himself in the Process of Living"--Jean de Pierrefeu, Le Journal des débats, 2 January 1920. "A Nasty Literary Hatchet Job": On the Response to Proust’s Goncourt Prize--Fernand Vandérem, La Revue de Paris, 15 January 1920. "A Vast and Magnificent Construction"--Jacques Rivière, La Nouvelle Revue française, 1 February 1920. Marcel Proust and the Analytic Novel--Albert Thibaudet, London Mercury, May 1920. "Precious Mental Processes": Review of A l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs--Pierre Lasserre, La Revue universelle, 1 July 1920. "He Has Renewed the Novel"--François Mauriac, La Revue hebdomadaire, 26 February 1921. "Continuous Satisfaction"--André Gide, La Nouvelle Revue française, 1 May 1921. "Exploration of the Unconscious Memory"--J. Middleton Murry, The Yale Review, 1922. "The Arrival of a New Sensibility"--J. Middleton Murry, Quarterly Review, July 1922. French Tributes and Assessments. "A Life Over And Above Life"--Léon Daudet, L’Action française 23 November 1922. "Saint-Simon and Montaigne"--Albert Thibaudet, La Nouvelle Revue française, 1 January 1923. "A Psychological ’Summa’ "--Jacques Boulenger, La Nouvelle Revue française, 1 January 1923. "The Essential Results"--Edmond Jaloux, La Nouvelle Revue française, 1 January 1923. "The ’I’ and Swann"--Louis Martin-Chauffier, La Nouvelle Revue française, 1 January 1923. "The Finest Film in the World"--Paul Fierens, La Nouvelle Revue française, 1 January 1923. "A Master Among Great Masters"--Ernst-Robert Curtius, La Nouvelle Revue française, 1 January 1923. "This Delightfully Myopic Genius"--José y Ortega Gasset, La Nouvelle Revue française, 1 January 1923. English Tributes and Assessments. Gilberte--Alec Waugh. Sidebar: "If Only I Could Write Like That!": Virginia Woolf on Reading Proust. Proust and the Modern Consciousness--J. Middleton Murry. The Little Phrase--W. J. Turner. Proust as Creator--Joseph Conrad. A Casuist in Souls--Arthur Symons.
4. THE LEGACY OF IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME.
An Evolving Reputation. "A Writer Without Equal"--Edmond Jaloux, L’Esprit des livres, 1923. A Note on Marcel Proust--Clive Bell, Vanity Fair, June 1923. Sidebar: "A Hindu View of Society"--Marcel Proust, Du côté de chez Swann. Sidebar: "A Nervous Condition"--Du côté de chez Swann. Sidebar: "Two ’Ways’ "--Du côté de chez Swann. Marcel Proust--Edith Wharton, The Writing of Fiction, 1925. Sidebar: "A Half-Hidden Smile"--Du côté de chez Swann. Sidebar: "I Would See Before Me a Void"--Du côté de chez Swann. "The Function of Rhythm in Fiction"--E. M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel, 1927. Sidebar: "Jethro’s Daughter"--Du côté de chez Swann. "Chilled by the Breath of Mortality": Review of Le Temps retrouvé--Gabriel Marcel, L’Europe nouvelle, 12 November 1927. The Image of Proust--Walter Benjamin, Literarische Welt, 1929. Sidebar: "A Poor Miserable Little Mouse"--Proust, À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs. Sidebar: "The Three Old Trees"--À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs. Sidebar: "Young Marquis de Saint-Loup-en-Bray"--À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs. Sidebar: "The Impression of a Hotel Crook"--À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs. Sidebar: "A Flock of Gulls"--À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs. Two Views. Marcel Proust--Edmund Wilson, Axel’s Castle, 1931. Sidebar: "An Inaccessible, Unknown World"--À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs. Sidebar: "Elstir’s Studio"--À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs. Sidebar: "Two Pillars of Heaven"--Proust, Le Côté de Guermantes. Sidebar: "A Face Grown Young Again"--Le Côté de Guermantes. Sidebar: "The Invisible Vocation"--Le Côté de Guermantes. Sidebar: "The Right Line to Follow"--Le Côté de Guermantes. Sidebar: "Amid Falsehood and Perjury"--Proust, Sodome et Gomorrhe. Sidebar: "My Own True Grandmother"--Sodome et Gomorrhe. Proust--Samuel Beckett, Proust, 1931. Sidebar: "Waltzing Slowly, Tightly Clasped Together"--Sodome et Gomorrhe. Sidebar: "Golden Wings"--Sodome et Gomorrhe. Sidebar: "The Vibrating String"--Proust, La Prisonnière. Sidebar: "The Tide of Albertine’s Sleep"--La Prisonnière. Sidebar: "As a Carpenter Respects the Grain"--La Prisonnière. Sidebar: "Like This Little Patch of Yellow Wall"--La Prisonnière. Sidebar: "The Tragedy of Other People"--Proust, Albertine disparue. Later Assessments. The Walk by Swann’s Place--Vladimir Nabokov, 1950s. Sidebar: "A Few Weeks in Venice"--Albertine disparue. Sidebar: "The Muse of History"--Albertine disparue. Sidebar: "Wagner in Paris"--Proust, Le Temps retrouvé. "Proust Makes the Reader Love Marcel"--Pamela Hansford Johnson, 1956. Sidebar: "More Horrible Than the Most Terrible Stage Tragedy"--Le Temps retrouvé. Remembrance of Things Past--John Updike, Horizon, Autumn 1972. Sidebar: "The Only Door"--Le Temps retrouvé. Reading For Your Life--Roger Shattuck, Proust’s Way: A Field Guide to In Search of Lost Time, 2000. Sidebar: "A Vocation"--Le Temps retrouvé.
For Further Reading and Reference.
Bibliographies.
Selected Biographies and Biographical Sources.
General Criticism, Context, and Interpretation.
Criticism and Interpretation by Work.
Collections.
Selected Documentaries, and Theatrical and Motion-Picture Adaptations.
Journals.
Special Issues.
Organizations.
Recommended Websites.
Cumulative Index.