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Author Bloch-Dano, Evelyne.

Title Madame Proust : a biography / Evelyne Bloch-Dano ; translated by Alice Kaplan
Published Chicago, Ill. ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2007


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Description xiii, 310 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Summary "Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time opens with one of the most famous scenes in literature, as young Marcel, unable to fall asleep, waits anxiously for his mother to come to his bedroom and kiss him good night. Proust's own mother is central to the meaning of his masterpiece, and she has always held a special role in literary history, both as a character and as a decisive influence on the great writer's career. Without knowing much about her, we think of her as the quintessential writer's mother."
"Now Evelyne Bloch-Dano's biography acquaints Proust fans with the real Jeanne Weil Proust. Written with the imaginative force of a novel, but firmly grounded in Jeanne and Marcel Proust's writings, Madame Proust skillfully captures the life and times of Proust's mother, from her German-Jewish background and her marriage to a Catholic grocer's son to her lifelong worries about her son's sexuality, health problems, and talent. As well as offering intimate glimpses of the Prousts' daily life, Madame Proust also uses the family as a way to explore the larger culture of fin-de-siecle France, including high society, spa culture, Jewish assimilation, and the Dreyfus affair. Throughout, Bloch-Dano offers sensitive readings of Proust's work, drawing out the countless interconnections among his mother, his life, and his magnum opus."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Translated from the French
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Translation of: Madame Proust. Grasset & Fasquelle, 2004
Subject Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922 -- Family.
Proust, Jeanne Weill, 1849-1905.
Proust family.
Novelists, French -- 20th century -- Family relationships.
Mothers of authors -- France -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Author Kaplan, Alice Yaeger.
LC no. 2006101401
ISBN 9780226056425 hardback
0226056422 hardback
Other Titles Madame Proust. English