Chasing Lost Time: The Life of C.K. Scott Moncrieff: Soldier, Spy and Translator

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C. K. Scott Moncrieff’s celebrated translation of Proust’s A La Recherche du Temps Perdu was first published in 1922 and was a work which would exhaust and consume the translator, leading to his early death at the age of just forty. Joseph Conrad told him, ‘I was more interested and fascinated by your rendering than by Proust’s creation’: some literary figures even felt it was an improvement on the original.

From the outside an enigma, Scott Moncrieff left a trail of writings that describe a man expert at living a paradoxical life: fervent Catholic convert and homosexual, gregarious party-goer and deeply lonely, interwar spy in Mussolini’s Italy and public man of letters – a man for whom honour was the most abiding principle. He was a decorated war hero, and his letters home are an unusually light take on day-to-day life on the front. Described as ‘offensively brave’, he was severely injured in 1917 and, convalescing in London, became a lynchpin of literary society – friends with Robert Graves and Noel Coward, enemies with Siegfried Sassoon and in love with Wilfred Owen.

Written by Scott Moncrieff’s great-great-niece, Jean Findlay, with exclusive access to the family archive, Chasing Lost Time is a portrait of a man hurled into war, through an era when the world was changing fast and forever, who brought us the greatest epic of time and memory that has ever been written.

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"In a hugely readable and well researched biography, Findlay paints a triple portrait of her ancestor – as a devoted family man, homosexual Catholic and cultivated spy – who turns out to be a far more engaging and fascinating subject than one would ever have imagined" (David Robinson Scotsman)

"A fascinating read" ( The Economist)

"Passionate, risk-taking, aesthetically conservative: a compendious biography of Proust's great interpreter reveals the paradoxes of his varied career" (DJ Taylor Guardian)

"Findlay assembles a fascinating man from a strange collection of fragments with style, fittingly enough, and wit" (Ian Bell Herald Scotland)

"A first-rate, playful, moving biography" (Roger Lewis The Times)

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"A first-rate, playful, moving biography" (Roger Lewis The Times)

"Elegant and even-handed biography" (Wall Street Journal)

"In a hugely readable and well researched biography, Findlay paints a triple portrait of her ancestor – as a devoted family man, homosexual Catholic and cultivated spy – who turns out to be a far more engaging and fascinating subject than one would ever have imagined" (David Robinson Scotsman)

"The final revelation of Findlay’s book is that Moncrieff was far from the perfect Proustian of our imagination. Moncrieff is a lot more fun to be around than his careful sentences might suggest" (Adam Gopnik The New Yorker)

"A fascinating read" (The Economist)

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Book Description Vintage. 1 Paperback(s), 2015. soft. Book Condition: New. The celebrated translator of Marcel Proust's À la Recherche du Temps Perdu, C.K. Scott Moncrieff was an enigmatic man: a Catholic convert and a homosexual, a gregarious party-goer but deeply lonely. He was a decorated World War I hero and an interwar spy as much as he was a public man of letters, and some literary figures saw his Proust as an improvement on the original, yet the work consumed him and may have led to his early death at 40. Written by journalist, playwright, and theatrical producer Jean Findlay—Moncrieff's great-great-niece—with exclusive access to the family archive, this is a fascinating portrait of a man living through an era of war and profound change, and who rendered in English the definitive modern novel. 351. Bookseller Inventory # 70859

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Book Description Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 198 x 129 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. C K Scott Moncrieff s celebrated translation of Proust s A La Recherche du Temps Perdu was first published in 1922 and was a work which would exhaust and consume the translator, leading to his early death at the age of just forty. Joseph Conrad told him, I was more interested and fascinated by your rendering than by Proust s creation : some literary figures even felt it was an improvement on the original. From the outside an enigma, Scott Moncrieff left a trail of writings that describe a man expert at living a paradoxical life: fervent Catholic convert and homosexual, gregarious party-goer and deeply lonely, interwar spy in Mussolini s Italy and public man of letters - a man for whom honour was the most abiding principle. He was a decorated war hero, and his letters home are an unusually light take on day-to-day life on the front. Described as offensively brave , he was severely injured in 1917 and, convalescing in London, became a lynchpin of literary society - friends with Robert Graves and Noel Coward, enemies with Siegfried Sassoon and in love with Wilfred Owen. Written by Scott Moncrieff s great-great-niece, Jean Findlay, with exclusive access to the family archive, Chasing Lost Time is a portrait of a man hurled into war, through an era when the world was changing fast and forever, who brought us the greatest epic of time and memory that has ever been written. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780099507086

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Book Description Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 198 x 129 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. C K Scott Moncrieff s celebrated translation of Proust s A La Recherche du Temps Perdu was first published in 1922 and was a work which would exhaust and consume the translator, leading to his early death at the age of just forty. Joseph Conrad told him, I was more interested and fascinated by your rendering than by Proust s creation : some literary figures even felt it was an improvement on the original. From the outside an enigma, Scott Moncrieff left a trail of writings that describe a man expert at living a paradoxical life: fervent Catholic convert and homosexual, gregarious party-goer and deeply lonely, interwar spy in Mussolini s Italy and public man of letters - a man for whom honour was the most abiding principle. He was a decorated war hero, and his letters home are an unusually light take on day-to-day life on the front. Described as offensively brave , he was severely injured in 1917 and, convalescing in London, became a lynchpin of literary society - friends with Robert Graves and Noel Coward, enemies with Siegfried Sassoon and in love with Wilfred Owen. Written by Scott Moncrieff s great-great-niece, Jean Findlay, with exclusive access to the family archive, Chasing Lost Time is a portrait of a man hurled into war, through an era when the world was changing fast and forever, who brought us the greatest epic of time and memory that has ever been written. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780099507086

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Book Description Vintage Books. Book Condition: New. Written by Scott Moncrieff's great-great-niece, Jean Findlay, with exclusive access to the family archive, this book presents a portrait of a man hurled into war, through an era when the world was changing fast and forever, who brought us the greatest epic of time and memory that has ever been written. Num Pages: 368 pages. BIC Classification: BGL. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (P) Professional & Vocational; (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 131 x 198 x 27. Weight in Grams: 286. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780099507086

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