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George Painter was the first non French person who immediately realised the importance of Marcel Proust s work and hurried to get first hand testimony of those who knew him not long after he passed away His own opinions occasionally cloud his objectivity, but it remains a critical document andcredible that that of Proust s maid of the world immediately surrounding and influencing Proust It is highly readable This first volume covers if memory serves up to the publication of the fi George Painter was the first non French person who immediately realised the importance of Marcel Proust s work and hurried to get first hand testimony of those who knew him not long after he passed away His own opinions occasionally cloud his objectivity, but it remains a critical document andcredible that that of Proust s maid of the world immediately surrounding and influencing Proust It is highly readable This first volume covers if memory serves up to the publication of the first volume or two of La Recherche (((READ EBOOK))) ☠ Marcel Proust: A Biography ↠ Painter exhausted all available resources to create this portrait not only of Proust and his work but also of turn of the century France with its salons, its political tension, its poets and its paintersphotos I am reading this now as I reread In Search of Lost Time I am fascinated with Paris at this time, perhaps that is carrying me over Painter s reputed lacks as a writer I am really enjoying his writing and loving seeing the connection between his life and his work Love Marcel George Painter s English biography stands out as one of the most thorough on the French author Marcel Proust In Search of Lost Time here is retold by Painter through the prism of Proust s own life, tracing the journey from his bourgeois family upbringing to the salons of Madame Greffuhle and Comte de Montesquiou to the frantic final years of writing This meticulous cataloguing of the society figures of nineteenth century Paris, reflects the biographers background as Deputy Curator at the Bri George Painter s English biography stands out as one of the most thorough on the French author Marcel Proust In Search of Lost Time here is retold by Painter through the prism of Proust s own life, tracing the journey from his bourgeois family upbringing to the salons of Madame Greffuhle and Comte de Montesquiou to the frantic final years of writing This meticulous cataloguing of the society figures of nineteenth century Paris, reflects the biographers background as Deputy Curator at the British Museum and it in this connoisseurs manner, that he equates most of In Search with real life sources.But it is when this approach to Proust unravels, that it gives us the most interesting insights into the six volume masterpiece For example the Dreyfus Affair features strongly in Proust s narrative its frequent discussion at society gatherings is used by Proust to reveal the character, tensions and conflicting loyalties of his protagonists Painter reveals that whilst Proust himself was an ardent pro Dreyfusard, who played a key role in gathering petitioners, the Narrator of In Search isneutral Against Painter s own interpretation of Proust as writer, he shows how the author actually used the Dreyfus Affair to reveal and unfold each characters layers rather than as transposition.Ultimately, Painters notion that Proust s life is his novel gives its readers a thorough grounding in the Parisian society figures who influenced In Search But the sole focus on chronology and the facts behind the fiction means any account of Proust s writing craft is lost We finish the biography with little sense of how Proust interpreted memory, signalling only to how Proust frantically wrote all six volumes in his final years As another reviewer has said this bio is arrogant sneery and homophobic, full of futile conjecture about the originals of characters, despite the constant refrain of we have no evidence we can never really know despite the many differences My least favorite of the Proust biographies in English What a homophobic prig And Painter uses most of his pages in a pointless effort in discovering traces of Proust s friends and acquaintances with a character in his novel What do we learn from that It s really quite boring And of course, he, like the upper class Englishman that he is, ignores family life altogether. Unbelievably tedious I read the first third of the 332 page Volume I and stopped I read enough to gain some insight into Proust s early life and how this was integrated into his Remembrance of Things Past and the derivation of some of his characters, but there is no way I could force myself to go on.I will however attempt to read at least Swann s Way. Highly recommended not just a biography of Proust, but as a social and literary history of Proust s time. why