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Marcel Proust by Edmund White
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Dec 15, 07

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Read in October, 2007

I can't imagine how daunting it would be to write this basically pamphlet sized biography of a writer who 1) it could be argued, essentially crafted a six volume novel where a central theme concerns the blurring of biography and fiction, and 2) has already been the subject of several extensive and excellent biographies. In the end, this winds up being a sort of precis of Tadie's recent work, which is not intended as a knock -- indeed it's a tremendous service. Also, the crisp writing had me fully engaged, and somehow the compressed format really brought home the interesting fact that prior to embarking on the novel, Proust was not exactly one that would be voted "most likely to succeed."
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