An authoritative new edition of Marcel Proust’s The Captive and The Fugitive, published together as the fifth volume of his epic masterwork, In Search of Lost Time
Marcel Proust’s monumental seven-part novel In Search of Lost Time is considered by many to be the greatest novel of the twentieth century. The Captive and The Fugitive, the fifth and sixth volumes of Proust’s masterpiece, contain some of literature’s most beautiful meditations on art, music, desire, jealousy, love and loss, grieving and forgetting. In this work, Proust continues his vast satirical fresco of high society in France just prior to the outbreak of World War I.
These volumes and the following volume were published posthumously, as Proust died when he was approximately one-third of the way through correcting the proofs for The Captive.The Fugitive was also the last volume translated by Charles Kenneth Scott Moncrieff, who did not live to finish his enormous task. This edition of the two, published together as the fifth volume, is edited and annotated by noted Proust scholar William C. Carter, who endeavors to bring the classic C. K. Scott Moncrieff translation closer to the spirit and style of the original.
Marcel Proust (1871–1922) was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for À la recherche du temps perdu, published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927. William C. Carter is distinguished professor of French emeritus at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
“When it is finished, the set as a whole will constitute a great gift to all Anglophone lovers of Proust. . . . Carter’s version is the one to get for those readers who want to understand every reference, every passing detail, every incidental feature of the text. The novel is an ocean, but no person, place, or thing . . . escapes the nets of his commentary. Clearly it is all a work of love for Carter, and a monument to a life of scholarly dedication to the French literary canon, and to Proust in particular.”—David Bentley Hart, Leaves in the Wind (blog)
“Our greatest Proustian has performed unique feats of scholarship in these definitive pages. William Carter is an international treasure.”—Benjamin Taylor, author of Proust: The Search
“William C. Carter provides the modern-day Anglophone reader ready access to Proust’s imaginary universe by providing concise and extremely useful annotations in the margins of the text.”—David R. Ellison, author of A Reader’s Guide to Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time”
“My favorite translation of Proust is Proust’s first English translator, Scott Moncrieff, but updated and corrected and annotated by one of the greatest Proustians alive today, William C. Carter . . . of whom I’m an enormous fan. . . . Beautifully annotated. . . . An invaluable resource.”—Caroline Weber, author of Proust’s Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siecle Paris
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