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Author Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922, author.

Title Letters to his neighbor / Marcel Proust ; translated, with an afterword, by Lydia Davis ; text edited and annotated by Estelle Gaudry and Jean-Yves Tadié ; with a foreword by Jean-Yves Tadié.

Publication Info. New York : New Directions Publishing Corporation, [2017]


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Description 110 pages : illustrations, plans ; 24 cm
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Note "A New Directions Book."
"Originally published in French as Lettres à sa voisine" -- Verso title page.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Summary Marcel Proust's genius for illuminating pain is on spectacular display in this recently discovered trove of his correspondence, Letters to His Neighbor. Already suffering from noise within his cork-line walls, he was not ready for the fresh assault of a new upstairs neighbor, Dr. Williams, a dentist with a thriving practice directly overhead. Chiefly to Mme Williams, these ever-polite letters (often accompanied by flowers, compliments, books, or even pheasants) are frequently moving and leavened by subtle humor--Proust couches his pained frustration in gracious eloquence. In Lydia Davis's hands, the digressive brilliance of his sentences shines: "Don't speak of annoying neighbors, but of neighbors so charming(an association of words contradictory in principle since Montesquiou claims that most horrible of all are 1st neighbors 2nd the smell of post offices) that the leave the constant tantalizing regret that one cannot take advantage of their neighborliness." Lydia Davis has written a generous afterword, tracing much of what we can know about Proust's perpetually dark room; she details the furnishings as well as the life he lived there, burning his powders, talking with friends, hiring in musicians, and through it all, continuing his heroic work despite an intractable illness and the intrusions of life (and noise) from outside-- Inside jacket flap.
Subject Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922 -- Correspondence.
Williams, Marie, 1885-1931. Correspondence.
Authors, French -- 19th century -- Correspondence.
Authors, French -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Genre/Form Personal correspondence.
Added Author Davis, Lydia, 1947- translator.
Gaudry, Estelle, editor.
Tadié, Jean-Yves, 1936- editor, writer of foreword.
Added Title Lettres a sa voisine. English
Translation Of: Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922. Lettres à sa voisine. [Paris] : Gallimard, [2013]. 81 pages ; 24 cm.
ISBN 9780811224116 hardcover
0811224112 hardcover

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