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With a new introduction by Richard Howard—poet, translator, Pulitzer Prize winner, and recipient of a MacArthur "genius" grant.
This is the authoritative English-language edition of Proust's In Search of Lost Time. D.J. Enright has revised the late Terence Kilmartin's acclaimed reworking of C.K. Scott Moncrieff's translation to take into account the definitive 1989 Bibliothèque de la Pléiade editions. This new translation re-establishes Proust's classic as a landmark of world literature.
In the overture to Swann's Way, the themes of the whole of A la recherche du temps perdu (now re-titled in translation as In Search of Lost Time) are introduced. The narrator's childhood in Paris and Combray is recalled, most memorably in the evocation of the famous maternal good-night kiss. The recollection of the narrator's love for Swann's daughter Gilbrette leads to an account of Swann's passion for Odette and the rise of the nouveaux riches Verdurins.
1930: Death of C.K. Scott Moncrieff, English translator of the first six volumes.
1954: Publication of the first revised Pléiade edition.
1981: Publication of the Terence Kilmartin revision of the Moncrieff translation.
1987-9: Publication of the second, definitive Pléiade edition.
1992: Publication of the definitive translation in English: D.J. Enright's revision of the MoncrieffKilmartin edition of the first six volumes and the Andreas MayorKilmartin translation of Time Regained.
À la recherche du temps perdu is available from the Modern Library in six volumes in paperback.
SWANN'S WAY, Volume I; $12.95; 640pp; 0-375-75154-8
WITHIN A BUDDING GROVE, Volume II; $13.95; 768pp.; 0-375-75219-6
THE GUERMANTES WAY, Volume III; $14.95; 864pp.; 0-375-75233-1
SODOM AND GOMORRAH, Volume IV; $13.95; 768pp.; 0-375-75310-9
THE CAPTIVE & THE FUGITIVE, Volume V; $14.95; 976pp.; 0-375-75311-7
TIME REGAINED & THE GUIDE TO PROUST, Volume VI; $13.95; 768pp.; 0-375-75312-5