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By Benjamin Taylor | Comments: ( 325 ) | Date: ( Jan 28, 2020 )

Taylor s endeavor is not to explain the life by the novel or the novel by the life but to show how different events, different emotional upheavals, fired Proust s imagination and, albeit sometimes completely transformed, appeared in his work The result is a very subtle, thought provoking book Anka Muhlstein, author of Balzac s Omelette and Monsieur Proust s Library M Taylor s endeavor is not to explain the life by the novel or the novel by the life but to show how different events, different emotional upheavals, fired Proust s imagination and, albeit sometimes completely transformed, appeared in his work The result is a very subtle, thought provoking book Anka Muhlstein, author of Balzac s Omelette and Monsieur Proust s Library Marcel Proust came into his own as a novelist comparatively late in life, yet only Shakespeare, Balzac, Dickens, Tolstoy, and Dostoyevsky were his equals when it came to creating characters as memorably human As biographer Benjamin Taylor suggests, Proust was a literary lightweight before writing his multivolume masterwork In Search of Lost Time, but following a series of momentous historical and personal events, he became against all expectations one of the greatest writers of his, and indeed any, era This insightful, beautifully written biography examines Proust s artistic struggles the search of the subtitle and stunning metamorphosis in the context of his times Taylor provides an in depth study of the author s life while exploring how Proust s personal correspondence and published works were greatly informed by his mother s Judaism, his homosexuality, and such dramatic events as the Dreyfus Affair and, above all, World War I As Taylor writes in his prologue, Proust s Search is the most encyclopedic of novels, encompassing the essentials of human nature His account, running from the early years of the Third Republic to the aftermath of World War I, becomes the inclusive story of all lives, a colossal mimesis To read the entire Search is to find oneself transfigured and victorious at journey s end, at home in time and in eternity too.


  • Title: Proust: The Search (Jewish Lives)
  • Author: Benjamin Taylor
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Kindle Edition

About Author:

Benjamin Taylor

Benjamin Taylor is a founding member of the Graduate Writing Program faculty at the New School and the author or editor of six previous books, including The Book of Getting Even and Saul Bellow Letters.



Comments Proust: The Search (Jewish Lives)

  • Gerald Weaver

    One wishes this slender volume were seven times longer than it is. Each page contains several gems, insights, revelations and joyous connections that delight every reader, even it one has not read Marcel Proust’s great masterwork. Benjamin Taylor makes a point of saying that one cannot draw conclusions about those volumes from the study of their author’s life, nor can those life experiences explain the elements of The Search for Lost Time. But Taylor shows that what lies in those connections [...]


  • Richard Epstein

    Good book, but like many such studies, it raises the question, Who is it for? If you didn't already know Proust well enough not to need it, you be unlikely to read it. (It's not A Reader's First Proust or A Reader's Guide to In Search of Lost Time, Let Alone Remembrances of Things Past.) But it is well told and full of details and provocative of wonder -- How could that guy have written one of the great novels? (Answer came there none.)


  • Mitchell

    Superb little biography. Excellent at tracing the events of Proust's life which help shape his magnum opus.The best that I can say about this book is that it convinced me that I must re-read all seven volumes again, and soon!


  • Nancy

    A delightful, erudite book. So many interesting, gossipy details about Proust and his circle that it was almost a guilty pleasure.


  • The Jewish Book Council

    Review by Maron L. Waxman for the Jewish Book Council.


  • Hugh Coverly

    In a remarkably brief biography Benjamin Taylor presents the life of Marcel Proust and his creation of one the greatest books of the 20th century, In Search of Lost Time. Taylor presents Proust in the context of his times that stretches from the beginnings of the Third Republic, through the Dreyfus Affair, and on to the First World War and its aftermath. One learns of Proust's emergence as a talented writer as a critic before becoming a renowned writer of an exhaustive series of books that explo [...]


  • Ron

    Are you looking for a brief, informative and very readable biography of Marcel Proust? If so, this is the one for you. In these well-written 168 pages you will probably find all the casual reader wants to know about this great French novelist. And now excuse me while I go and line my bedroom with cork. From :“Taylor’s endeavor is not to explain the life by the novel or the novel by the life but to show how different events, different emotional upheavals, fired Proust’s imagination and, alb [...]


  • Alicea

    Deanna Tiao from Yale University Press reached out to me for a review of the following book.Benjamin Taylor's Proust: The Search is a part of the Jewish Lives series from Yale University Press. This biographical account details Proust's journey as a writer and his penultimate work In Search of Lost Time. I have to admit that until I read this book the only thing I knew about Proust was that he was a wordy writer and Steve Carell's character from Little Miss Sunshine was obsessed with him. He was [...]


  • Ingrid Wassenaar

    What was excellent about this biography of Proust is that Taylor actually brought the reality of the First World War into an account of Proust, which I have not seen done, or done so well, before. I think there is scope for a whole book here -- Proust and the Great War. For Anglophone readers of Proust, it is difficult to grasp that the war meant something different to the Parisians, who lived with the threat of occupation, and with aerial bombardment that we tend to associate with WW2. Although [...]


  • Andrew

    Fascinating short biography that I felt gave a wonderful insight into Proust's art and background. Quite remarkable to realise there are still so many of his letters hidden from insight. I don't know whether it is relevant that this is a "jewish life" although certainly the Dreyfuss case figured significantly in Proust's life and anti-semitism was rife. At times, the omniscient views of the author intrude, commenting on what it is like to be swept up in the course of young love, but on the whole [...]


  • kate

    A whole world of French authors, musicians - the salons of the early 20th century of Paris - of whom I am not familiar. It was a good source for that point of view. It also serves an a basic introduction to Proust and his work In Search of Lost Time that I will be glad to have read.


  • Anne Marie

    Interesting approach on Proust. But the French quotes are so full of errors, it is a real shame!!


  • Toto

    A wonderfully informative, erudite, gossipy reminder for those who have a working knowledge of Proust's life and works. For those first timers, this isn't the work to start.


  • Pamela

    Well, I now know that Proust got off watching starving rats fight to the death. There's that.


  • Elka

    Not for those unfamiliar with Proust or his circle, but worth the read.


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