Jacques-Émile Blanche, Marcel Proust, 1892

This has been a good year for Proust, for seasoned Proustians as well as aspiring readers of his masterwork, A la recherche du temps perdu. We have two new biographies, not including Jean-Yves Tadié’s superb Marcel Proust: A Life, hailed in France in 1996 and recently published here in English, and we have Roger Shattuck’s Proust’s Way, condensing into a portable volume the professor’s useful ideas from his earlier critical works.1


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