Marcel Proust's combination of solitary genius and passionate observance of social custom has made him an object of fascination to generations of readers captured by his great masterpieces, In Search of Lost Time. Mary Ann Caws, the acclaimed author of Virginia Woolf, succintly and vividly captures the details of Proust's life, from his daily routines to the elite social circle that fascinated his youth.
Containing lavish illustrations and photos--including Proust's favorite paintings, portraits of people he was close to, sources for his fictional characterizations (of Sarah Bernhardt, Emile Zola, Alfred Dreyfuss, and others), scores of music he loved, manuscripts, sketches, and the places dear to him and central to the great novel that was his life's work--Marcel Proust offers readers the unique opportunity to partake in the author's vision and to see him as his contemporaries did.
"A wonderful, brief work, with copious illustrations, that reads like an extended public talk with slides, by a scholar who bridges the worlds of literature, art and biography."--Harold Augenbaum, The Proust Society of America
"Ms. Caws's evocation of the way we visualize Proust makes her biography stand apart."--Carl Rollyson, New York.
Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the graduate school of the City University of New York. She is the author of many books, including Virginia Woolf, another title in the Overlook Illustrated Lives series. She lives in New York City.