These essays represent a vital episode in the intellectual development of Proust - without them, a full understanding of "A la Recherche du Temps Perdu" would be incomplete. The best essays are the ones that date from 1908 - when Proust, aged 37, already felt that his life was drawing to a close, and the urgency of writing his masterpiece was fully upon him. Although these essays mostly accuse the then famous critic Sainte-Beuve of being, among other things, an incompetent judge of Baudelaire, Stendhal, Flaubert and Balzac, collectively they make a robust statement of Proust's overriding aesthetic beliefs and concerns. Through them he defines the task of the artist as releasing the creative energies of past experiences from the hidden store of the unconscious - the aesthetic that was to lie at the heart of his great novel.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Against Sainte-Beuve and Other Essays (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. . Bookseller Inventory # 7719-9780140185256
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR005436538
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, U.K., 1994. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. Fine. Lightweight - p & p reduction applicable. Bookseller Inventory # 004505