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Marcel Proust

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Marcel Proust's combination of solitary genius and passionate observance of social custom has made him an object of fascination to generations of readers enthralled by his great masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time. In this vivid and concise biography, Mary Ann Caws, the acclaimed author of Virginia Woolf, succinctly and vividly explores the details of Proust's life, from h ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published March 29th 2005 by Overlook Books (first published September 15th 2003)
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Jun 19, 2012 Tiziana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The problem with some illustrated books is that the text is considered by the editors to be practically 'ornamental', and nobody actually expects the reader to take the trouble of reading it. And probably the reader would do well to comply with this implied requirement, and limit himself to look at the pretty pictures, glancing sideways at the black block of text occasionally, but without actually looking at the words.
I foolishly thought this slender book could be a good way of knowing a little
Mar 26, 2010 Tim added it
cool... a little book, with photos on nearly every page with gossipy facts about the strange life of a strange man... going out for sherbet at 4am at his favorite restaurant, where they always kept a small room for him at the 84 degrees F that he required... then to sleep, as he did everyday, from 8am to 4pm...

Aug 16, 2014 Sondra rated it liked it
a nice quick read with lots of beautiful quotes and pictures, but lacking any meaningful structure that i could discern. the author speeds through proust's family life, love affairs and early influences, then spends about 15 pgs of this 100 pg book talking about Nijinsky and the Ballets Russes.
Jan 17, 2016 Courtney rated it liked it
A weird, brilliant little book. I learned to hate Proust, love Ruskin, and of the profound importance of the serif. The book gets three stars because it's so poorly designed, a particular problem when it's clear images and words were intended to be in conversation.
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Mary Ann Caws (born 1933) is an American author, art historian and literary critic

She is currently a Distinguished Professor of English, French and Comparative Literature at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. She is an expert on Surrealism and modern English and French literature, having written biographies of Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, and Henry James. She works on the in
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