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Swann's Way

Swann's Way: In Search of Lost Time, Volume 1

Edited and Annotated by William C. Carter
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: Yale University Press
Pages: 256
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    Swann's Way
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    One hundred years have passed since Marcel Proust published the first volume of what was to become a seven-volume masterpiece,In Search of Lost Time. In the intervening century his famously compelling novel has never been out of print and has been translated into dozens of languages. English-language readers were fortunate to have an early and extraordinarily fine translation of the novel from Charles Kenneth Scott Moncrieff. With the passage of time, however, the need for corrections, revisions, and annotations to the Scott Montcrieff translation has become apparent.

    Esteemed Proust scholar William C. Carter celebrates the publication centennial ofSwann's Waywith a new, more accurate and illuminating edition of the first volume ofIn Search of Lost Time. Carter corrects previous translating missteps to bring readers closer to Proust's intentions while also providing enlightening notes to clarify biographical, historical, and social contexts. Presented in a reader-friendly format alongside the text, these annotations will enrich and deepen the experience of Proust's novel, immersing readers in the world of an unsurpassed literary genius.

    eISBN: 978-0-300-18960-5
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. ix-xviii)

    Marcel Proust’sÀ la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time, formerly known asRemembrance of Things Past) is considered by many to be the greatest novel of the twentieth century and perhaps of all time. It was published from 1913 to 1927 in seven major parts:Du côté de chez Swann(Swann’s Way);À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs(In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower);Le Côté de Guermantes(The Guermantes Way);Sodome et Gomorrhe(Sodom and Gomorrah);La Prisonnière(The Captive);Albertine disparue(The Fugitive);Le Temps retrouvé(Time Regained).

    Given the complex...


    • Combray I
      (pp. 3-54)

      For a long time I went to bed early. Sometimes, when I had put out my candle, my eyes would close so quickly that I had not even time to say “I’m going to sleep.” And half an hour later the thought that it was time to go to sleep would awaken me; I would try to put away the book which, I imagined, was still in my hands, and to blow out the light; I had been thinking all the time, while I was asleep, of what I had just been reading, but my thoughts had run into a...

    • Combray II
      (pp. 55-214)

      Combray at a distance, from a twenty-mile radius, seen from the railway when we arrived there the last week before Easter, was no more than a church epitomizing the town, representing it, speaking of it and for it to the horizon, and as one drew near, gathering close about its long, dark cloak, sheltering from the wind, on the open plain, as a shepherdess gathers her sheep, the woolly gray backs of its flocking houses, which a fragment of its medieval ramparts enclosed, here and there, in an outline as scrupulously circular as that of a little town in a...

    • Swann in Love
      (pp. 215-435)

      To admit you to the “little nucleus,”¹ the “little group,” the “little clan” at the Verdurins’, one condition sufficed, but that one was indispensable; you must adhere to a Creed one of whose articles was that the young pianist, whom Mme Verdurin had taken under her patronage that year² and of whom she said “Really, it oughtn’t to be allowed, to play Wagner as well as that!,” “demolished” both Planté and Rubinstein,³ while Dr. Cottard was a more brilliant diagnostician than Potain.⁴ Each “new recruit” whom the Verdurins failed to persuade that the evenings spent by other people, in other...

    • Place-Names: The Name
      (pp. 436-484)

      Among the rooms whose image I used to evoke most often during my long nights of insomnia, none differed more from the rooms at Combray, thickly powdered with the motes of an atmosphere granular, pollenated, edible, and devout, than my room in the Grand Hôtel de la Plage, at Balbec, the walls of which, painted with white enamel, contained, like the polished sides of a pool in which the water glows blue, a purer air, azure-tinted, and saline. The Bavarian decorator who had been entrusted with the furnishing of this hotel had varied his decoration of the rooms, and in...

  6. Synopsis
    (pp. 485-487)