This third volume of Proust's letters covers the period when the writer was at the height of his powers, though he remained in bed in his cork-lined room for six and a half days a week as his asthma worsened. "Du Cote de chez Swann", the first volume of his extraordinary novel, was published (at his own expense, following rejection by three publishers). But his literary success was overshadowed by the death of the great love of his life, his chauffeur and secretary Alfred Agostinelli, on whom his fictional Albertine was partly modelled. Then came the Great War and, as he suffered the deaths of so many of his friends, the invalid Proust devoted himself to his own battle: the race to complete his huge novel before he died.
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Marcel Proust (1871-1922) was one of the handful of indisputably great writers of this century. Troubled by ill-health throughout his life, he largely withdrew from society in 1907, to work on his incomparable 16-volume novel ‘In Search of Lost Time’. He lived long enough to see the publication of its first volumes, and to experience its universal reception as a work of genius.
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Book Description Harper Collins, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Nr Fine/Nr Fine 1st edition 1992 Harpercollins hardback, price-clipped DJ, translated with Intro by Terence Kilmartin, very scarce original hardback edition of this third, Philip Kolb-edited volume of the correspondence. Light natural aging, surface rub to DJ else near Fine, tight and unmarked. Sent Airmail at no extra cost; Worldwide Shipping IMMEDIATE 1ST CLASS/AIRMAIL DISPATCH Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Biography & Autobiography; ISBN: 0002155419. ISBN/EAN: 9780002155410. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 056879. Bookseller Inventory # 056879
Book Description HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd, London, 1992. Hard Cover. Book Condition: VG/Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First English Edition. Maroon/gilt cloth hardback - bottom front cover corner slightly bumped - in price-clipped DJ. xxi + 434pp. The book is in near perfect condition - although there is a tiny blemish affecting pp.7/8, this volume appears to be unread. Technically VG/Good. The price includes an allowance for any extra UK P&P - the item weighs in excess of 950g. Overseas buyers should contact the seller direct to negotiate appropriate P&P fees. Bookseller Inventory # 8981