Proust's Nocturnal Muse

Proust's Nocturnal Muse

Proust's Nocturnal Muse

Proust's Nocturnal Muse

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An expression of gratitude is due first to the author of A la recherche du temps perdu for the source of intense pleasure and perpetual revelation his work has been and continues to be. It is hoped--but without conviction--that the sincerity of this sentiment will extenuate somewhat the faults, both conscious and unconscious, of the study that follows.

Almost all writers on Proust have been compelled, reluctantly perhaps, to attempt a summary or a paraphrase of passages selected from the work of the master. Although this essay is intended for readers who have some familiarity with the major Proustian texts, it was nevertheless necessary to quote in condensed form passages whose length prohibited quotation in extenso. Often too, limitations of space required the mutilation of paragraphs or sentences, vitiating the very qualities that have made Proust's writings such a rewarding subject for study.

For those readers who know Proust, it is hoped that the fragments cited here will give rise to total recall of the passages from which they have been removed, and that the memory will sustain them as they read the pages that follow.

A minor proof, if such were needed, of Proust's immortality is that his work has survived intact the scholarly assaults made upon it. It is not without trepidation that one adds a title to the already massive Proustian bibliography. But the inexhaustible fascination his writings inspire is responsible for the great body of critical and inter-

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