Proust in Love by William C. Carter

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The acclaimed Proust biographer William C. Carter portrays Proust’s amorous adventures and misadventures from adolescence through his adult years, supplying where appropriate Proust’s own sensitive, intelligent, and often disillusioned observations about love and sexuality. Proust is revealed as a man agonizingly caught between the constant fear of public exposure as a homosexual and the need to find and express love. In telling the story of Proust in love, Carter also shows how the author’s experiences became major themes in his novel In Search of Lost Time.
Carter discusses Proust’s adolescent sexual experiences, his disastrous brothel visit to cure homosexual inclinations, and his first great loves. He also addresses the duel Proust fought after the journalist Jean Lorrain alluded to his homosexuality in print, his flirtations with respectable women and high-class prostitutes, and his affairs with young men of the servant class. With new revelations about Proust’s love life and a gallery of photographs, the book provides an unprecedented glimpse of Proust’s gay Paris.


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William C. Carter is Distinguished Professor of French at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Published May 11, 2006 by Yale University Press. 280 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The Memoirs of Ernest A Forssgren, Proust's Swedish Valet edited by William C Carter (192pp, Yale, £25) Proust in Love by William C Carter (280pp, Yale, £16.99) "Just as the voice of a ventriloquist comes out of his chest, so Proust's emerged from his soul," wrote Jean Cocteau.

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Proust's voluminous social diary, his numerous friendships and his close relationship with his mother all inspired his great novel, as recounted here, but Carter also argues that Proust's earlier writings, often viewed as dilettantish, in fact led him progressively to write his masterpiece by vir...

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Marcel Proust—whose In Search of Lost Time is, as much as anything, a study of love in all its polymorphously perverse forms—himself loved not wisely but all too well.

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Los Angeles Times

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Proust at the Majestic The Last Days of the Author Whose Book Changed Paris Richard Davenport-Hines Bloomsbury: 360 pp., $24.95 Proust in Love William C. Carter Yale University Press: 252 pp., $26

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