A portrait of the life and times of Marcel Proust, one of the greatest literary voices of the 20th century. Based on letters, memoirs, notebooks and manuscripts, it examines Proust's character and development as an artist, the glittering Parisian world of which he was a part, and the passions that enabled him to write his masterpiece, "A la recherche du temps perdu" ("In Search of Lost Time").
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"Magisterial."—Iain Finlayson, The Times (London) "An even-handed down-to-earth biography of one of the most finely tuned novelists of all time. Carter documents everything, exaggerates nothing, and keeps the vivid story moving."—Roger Shattuck "Proust would have been pleased with this life. . . . [This] biography will likely stand for . . . many years."—Virginia Quarterly Review "Diligently researched and written . . . with a probing intelligence worthy of its complex subject . . . . Carter brings to life not only Proust but his times: the Parisian belle epoque of artistic ferment, affluence, and joie de vivre."—Dan Hulbert, Chicago Tribune "Carter's account of Proust's life is very, very good—the best biography of the novelist to date. Carter gracefully balances the various sides of the great writer, who was fawning, imperious, jealous, malicious, loyal, amusing, generous, and selfish. . . . The text is so nicely balanced and well written that it reads rapidly and pleasurably throughout."—Choice "Massive and magisterial."—Christopher Gray, Oxford Times "Carter's energetic biography leaves us with a livelier impression of Proust's life, and the social, historical and artistic forces that shaped him."—Carl Bromley, In These Times "William Carter's biography of Proust's life is a masterpiece in itself—and for once I wish a long biography was even longer."—Gary Pulsifer, Gay Times 'This impressive biography of Proust by Carter makes a good companion to Edmund White's recent Marcel Proust. Carter renders a minutely detailed account of the novelist's brief, fascinating life and extraordinary literary output. . . . Highly recommended."—Library Journal
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