2018: Our Year of Reading Proust discussion

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message 1: by Lori (last edited Feb 20, 2018 03:29PM) (new)

Lori (lorifw) | 40 comments Mod
BOOKS
GUIDEBOOKS to the novel:
Marcel Proust's Search for Lost Time: A Reader's Guide to The Remembrance of Things Past by Patrick Alexander, recommended by Lori

The Proust Project by Andre Aciman. Not exactly a guidebook, but an easy introduction to Proust- with important passages included (favorites, selected by other authors)

Proust's Overcoat: The True Story of One Man's Passion for All Things Proust by Lorenza Foschini, recommended by Kristen

How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton, recommended by Kristen

BIOGRAPHIES
Marcel Proust: A Life by William C Carter

Marcel Proust: A Life by Jean-Yves Tadié

Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret


WEBSITES
http://www.proust-ink.com -- Professor William Carter's site- recommended by Ben

Proust Matters blog: https://proustmatters.com/ by Sharon Girard

Proust, ses personnages: http://proust-personnages.fr/ by André Vincens

182 days of Reading Proust: Day-by-Day:http://proustproject.blogspot.com/p/d... by Charles Matthews

The Cork-Lined Room https://thecorklinedroom.wordpress.com by Dennis Abrams

Reading Proust for Fun https://readproust.blogspot.com by Renee

**(thanks to Marcelita Swann for many of these)

BOOKS ON ART
Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search of Lost Time by recommended by Kristen

On Vermeer, Kindle edition: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Johan... recommended by MJD

BOOKS ON BOOKS
Monsieur Proust's Library by Anka Muhlstein, recommended by Kristen


AUDIO
A classic on Swann's Way : Antoine Compagnon's 2013 lecture series, with English voice-over.
Collège de France~Antoine Compagnon's Proust 1913

BBC Radio program "Swann's Way: The Essay, Paris 1913 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pmfj9
1913 marks an extraordinary year in Paris. Momentous events occurred in literature, music and the visual arts. In the first of four essays looking at this annus mirabilis for French and European culture, Professor Michael G Wood of Princeton University explores the publication of Marcel Proust's "Swann's Way," a novel that marked a turning point in the relationship between a writer and his characters. BBC

VIDEO
Marcel Proust, du côté des lecteurs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9jSJ... in French, wonderful interview of readers of Proust, talking about why they love reading the Recherche

video about Proust by The School of Life (SPOILERS in VIDEO) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1rdH... recommended by MJD

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MJD | 5 comments Since Vermeer is mentioned so much in the first volume it may be good to catch up with his work. A nice cheap kindle book of his work that I've read is linked here: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Johan...

Also, I want to point out that what brought Proust to my attention in the first place was a video about him done by the group The School of Life, video here [SPOILERS IN VIDEO]: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTI2MTM...


message 3: by Kristen (last edited Jan 05, 2018 07:37AM) (new)

Kristen | 7 comments This is a terrific list of resources. Here are a couple of fun Proustian reads to add to the bookshelf:

Proust's Overcoat: The True Story of One Man's Passion for All Things Proust by Lorenza Foschini
Proust's Overcoat The True Story of One Man's Passion for All Things Proust by Lorenza Foschini

]How Proust Can Change Your Lifeby Alain de Botton
How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton


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message 5: by Louise (new)

Louise Here is a great lecture on Proust:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxMI2...


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Mary | 9 comments Going to that site @Louise is going down a rabbit hole of youtubes on Proust. There are so many!!


message 7: by Louise (new)

Louise I splurged on the high price membership for Proust Ink where I can't even get through one lecture/video because it is so boring, just the professor reading Proust in a monotone voice. I have found far better lectures by scrolling through You Tube videos.


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Mary | 9 comments I have Marcel Proust's Search for Lost Time: A Reader's Guide to The Remembrance of Things Past by Patrick Alexander on hold at the library. It is said to be quite good.


message 9: by Louise (new)

Louise Mary Anne wrote: "I have Marcel Proust's Search for Lost Time: A Reader's Guide to The Remembrance of Things Past by Patrick Alexander on hold at the library. It is said to be quite good."

I have it too and am reading it along.


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Kelly (k_llyi) | 8 comments The internet archive has copies of the really great _Proust Said That_ zine which was made in concert with a San Francisco Proust Reading Support Group circa the mid-90s:

https://archive.org/details/proustsai...


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Mary | 9 comments Thank you @ Kelly. I read the first zone and it is great Proustian fun.


message 12: by Marcelita (last edited Feb 19, 2018 10:31PM) (new)

Marcelita Swann | 1 comments MJD wrote: "Since Vermeer is mentioned so much in the first volume it may be good to catch up with his work. A nice cheap kindle book of his work that I've read is linked here: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-..."

The best website for all things Vermeer?
“Essential Vermeer” by Jonathan Jansen
http://www.essentialvermeer.com/index...
http://www.essentialvermeer.com/about...

Treat: Proust and “petit pan de mur jaune"
http://www.essentialvermeer.com/prous...


message 13: by Lori (last edited Feb 20, 2018 03:29PM) (new)

Lori (lorifw) | 40 comments Mod
Someone on the Proust Yahoo group just posted a link to Reading Proust for Fun https://readproust.blogspot.com/ It's pretty awesome. If you go back in the archives you can find all sorts of material- discussion questions, synopses, comments on the text and many links to content i.e. right now I'm reading the Norpois section-
and am using this to learn more about names and places cited: https://readproust.blogspot.com/2010/06/ There's also a listing of other interesting websites on the right hand side under the archiving.

p.s I just saw that Renee had mentioned this before and it's included in our materials above. Certainly worth mentioning again haha.


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Kelly (k_llyi) | 8 comments I watched about a third of _Swann in Love_ on FilmStruck yesterday in advance of reading the chapter. So far it's very good: Jeremy Irons plays Swann and the actor who plays Charlus is kind of fantastic.

I read that there was a re-release of _Time Regained_ recently so I'm hoping it plays here soon.


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Kelly (k_llyi) | 8 comments Ordered the book _Proust and his Banker_ today and it looks like one of the chapters is excerpted on the author's Academia.edu page:

http://www.academia.edu/20310381/Prou...


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