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By Richard Davenport-Hines | Comments: ( 644 ) | Date: ( Sep 20, 2019 )

s t The Last Days of the Author Whose Book Changed ParisA vivid portrait of the early impact of In Search of Lost Time and of the last months of Proust in a city where he had become an unlikely star On a May evening in 1922, the English arts lovers Violet and Sydney Schiff convened a grand dinner at the Majestic Hotel in Paris, following the premiere of a Stravinsky balls t The Last Days of the Author Whose Book Changed ParisA vivid portrait of the early impact of In Search of Lost Time and of the last months of Proust in a city where he had become an unlikely star On a May evening in 1922, the English arts lovers Violet and Sydney Schiff convened a grand dinner at the Majestic Hotel in Paris, following the premiere of a Stravinsky ballet In addition to guests of honor Stravinsky and Diaghilev, the dinner was attended by Picasso, James Joyce, and finally, arriving around 2 30 in the morning, one artist at the peak of his fame Marcel Proust Sodom and Gomorrah, the fourth and most shocking volume of Proust s monumental work In Search of Lost Time, had just appeared, transfixing readers with its finely detailed observations on themes of Jewishness and anti Semitism, the interplay across social classes, and all manner ofsexual expression The book s eccentric, ailing author had become a celebrity to French and English language readers alike, and his presence at the dinner was all the unusual since Proust rarely went out In fact, he would be dead only six months later Acclaimed historian and biographer Davenport Hines takes the dinner at the Majestic as the leaping off point for an examination of Proust s last days, and the enormous reaction his novel garnered from its first years of publication Using accounts by Proust s contemporaries, including other modernist stars, Proust s dazzled readers, and wealthy patrons such as the Schiffs, Davenport Hines illuminates the Paris of the author s last days.


  • Title: Proust at the Majestic
  • Author: Richard Davenport-Hines
  • ISBN: 9781582344713
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Hardcover

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Comments Proust at the Majestic

  • Sketchbook

    Paris, 1922, a midnight supper party was held at the Majestic (now theRaphael) by UK art collectors Sydney & Violet Schiff to salute Modernism and the Ballets Russes. It was the only time in history that Stravinsky, Diaghilev, Picasso, Joyce and Proust ever shared a table. The party went on until dawn with players coming and going while sipping champagne, nibbling caviar and forking sole Waleska (with a slight cheese flavor) or noisettes of lamb. The event was the climax of Proust's appearan [...]


  • John

    A very interesting book that takes as its focus one of the last dinners that Proust attended before his death. Guests included James Joyce, Picasso, Stravinsky, and other luminaries. Quite the gathering. I will say that this is the book that provided fundamental insights that have formed my understanding of Proust and his work. Quite a straightforward insight - that the title should be translated- Redeeming Lost Time - in the sense of finding something of value in the trivial pursuits of a lifet [...]


  • Ade

    Interesting overview of Proust's life and particularly the impact on it of writing his novel. The night referred to in the title is despatched, albeit comprehensively, in the first chapter, after which Davenport-Hines settles for more straightforward biography with occasional call-outs to other modernist tropes and individuals. Proust's various compatriots, rivals and hangers-on are covered in detail. He is particularly strong on exploring the implications and social effects of Proust's homosexu [...]


  • Adam Dalva

    A tale of three books, one disappointing, one unnecessary, one good. The pretense of structuring the action around the one night that Joyce and Proust met must have been a great launching point for Davenport-Hines, but despite the interesting personalities at the party in question (Diaghilev! Picasso!), nothing much happens and the action devolves into senseless name-dropping (at one point, he compares the big night to a meeting between Joan Collins and Schwarzenegger). It's a shame, because a s [...]


  • Robert Vazquez Pacheco

    Although Proust is my favorite author and his tome my favorite work of literature, I rarely read about him or his life. Lives of artists rarely interest me because I find the biographer, in a way like all biographers, is extrapolating beyond the actual facts. It's the attempt to impose order upon the chaos of an artist's life. I always wonder how much modern sensibilities impose themselves on the interpretation of the artist's actions. We are all creatures of our times. I find great biographers [...]


  • Kyle Pennekamp

    I called it a day after about 1/3 of this book. It really felt like the author found the interesting historical footnote of a party that Picasso, Joyce, and Proust were all at the same party. And then he sold the book proposal. And then realized that there really wasn't enough here for a book. And realized he still had a contract for a book, so compiled some very basic and previously-known biographical facts about Proust and the other guests, then strung them along in chronological order.There w [...]


  • Grant

    A short biography of Proust, concentrating on his final few years. At the start, it seems to want to be about the famously inconsequential meeting of Proust and Joyce, but Joyce quickly slips out of sight and the focus shifts to Proust's relationship with the hosts at the meeting at the Majestic, Sydney and Violet Schiff. (Sydney created the generally disregarded and discarded translation of Time Regained after Scott Moncrieff's death).


  • Mandy

    This is without doubt a useful and interesting book for any fan of Proust's, but the endless name-dropping becomes overwhelming after a while, and there doesn't seem to be any real heart to the book. I certainly learnt a lot, and I felt it was a good introduction to Proust, but somehow it failed to engage me. Pity.


  • Lockhart

    Gets a bit bogged down in name dropping lists of who attended dinners where and when in Paris in the 1920s. You have to plough through all that to reach the moment you are waiting for - the encounter of Joyce and Proust. It's a long wait.


  • Mia

    Provided me with many new insights into Proust. I will now have to re-read Proust yet again, discover new pleasures and nuances missed on earlier, younger, readings. I found Davenport's death chapter, i.e. the last chapter, poignant, superb. It's all in the little patch of yellow wall.


  • False

    The end of Proust at the end of an Epoque Paris and France. I want to spend more time reading Proust and about his life in future years. There's a gap that needs filling. He was certainly engaged with society, even from his asthmatic's cork lined bedroom.


  • Kevin

    There is a boatload of names in this book. A snapshot of Paris society in the early 20th century, involving so far. Very daunting but incredibly informative.


  • Marc

    Een afknapper. Veelbelovende docufictie of ontmoeting tussen Proust, Joyce, Stravinsky en Picasso in Parijs. Maar zeer magere, saaie uitwerking.


  • Daniel

    Light, pleasant read about Proust. Lacks robust organization and borders on being a collection of random anecdotes, but D-H is such a fantastic writer it's hard to fault the book.


  • Guy Cranswick

    Interesting as far as it goes but a slight anti climax given the material and times.


  • Crawford

    Boring old farts, except they weren't even old!


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