When the narrator of Swann's Way dips a petite madeleine into hot tea, the act transports him to his childhood in the French town of Combray. Out of his Pandora's box of reflections comes a memory of an old family friend, Swann-a man who was long ago undone by romantic desire and cruel reality. In this reverie lie the insights the author seeks about his own life and ageless truths about the ephemeral nature of emotions, places, and, ultimately, love.
A masterful ode to memory's power to haunt the heart and nourish the soul, this first volume of Proust's magnum opus, In Search of Lost Time, remains an unmatched accomplishment in the Western literary canon.
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Marcel Proust (1871-1922) was a French novelist best known for his three thousand-page masterpiece In Search of Lost Time-also translated as Remembrance of Things Past-a pseudo-autobiographical novel told mostly in a stream-of-consciousness style. He was active in Parisian high society during the latter decades of the nineteenth century, and he was welcomed in the most fashionable salons of his day. Toward the end of the 1890s, Proust began to withdraw from society, and although never entirely reclusive, he lapsed further into his lifelong tendency to sleep during the day and work at night. He was plagued by terror of his own death and was especially afraid that it would come before he could complete his novel. The first volume came out in 1913, and Proust continued to work on his masterpiece right up until his death at the age of fifty-one. Today he is recognized as one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century.
Charles Kenneth Scott Moncrieff (1889-1930) was a Scottish writer known for his English translation of the first six volumes of Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time. He originally published his translation as Remembrance of Things Past, which is a line from Shakespeare's Sonnet 30. Scott Moncrieff died of cancer at the age of forty.