BY WAY OF SAINTE-BEAUVE BY MARCEL PROUST
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London. Chatto & Windus Ltd. 1958. First English edition. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine with slight foxing to edges of pages. Jacket Condition: Fine. 320 pp.
This essay is a charming and impressive demonstration of Proust's impulse for the written word. The essay is a true discourse: it meanders from the critical to the anecdotal to the writerly text, keeping up with itself by virtue of Proust's intuitive mastery over the farthest reaching of digressive spectrums. His subjects and ideas are as diverse as they are specific––his critique of Saint-Beauvé is focused on a discussion of Balzac, the vignette of his brother is set to age 5. The volume is distinctively Proustian, compulsive and curious, a criticism that remains open to the next instant of inspiration to write the world down.
Translated by Sylvia Townsend Warner