About the Author
Marcel Proust was born July 10, 1871, the son of a respected Catholic doctor and a Jewish mother from a wealthy family. He continued crafting and correcting his manuscript for all seven volumes of Swann's Way until just before his death in 1922 at the age of fifty-one.
Richard Howard is one of our greatest living poets and translators. He has won the Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur "genius" grant. His translation of Stendhal's The Charterhouse Of Parma for the Modern Library was a national bestseller. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York.
Valentin Louis Georges Eugene Marcel Proust (10 July 1871 - 18 November 1922) was a French novelist. Charles Kenneth Scott Moncrieff, MC (25 September 1889 - 28 February 1930) was a Scottish writer, most famous for his English translation of most of Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu.
“Twice amended to bring it to documentary decorum and the kind of textual completion Proust himself could never achieve, the C. K. Scott Moncrieff translation of the Search, buffed, rebuffed, lightened, tightened, and in the abstergent sense, brightened, constitutes a monument which is also a medium—the medium by which to gain access to the book, the books, even the apocrypha of modern scripture. A triumph of tone, of a single (and singular) vision, this ultimate revision of the primary version affords the surest sled over the ice fields as well as the most sinuous surfboard over the breakers of Proustian prose, an invaluable and inescapable text.” —Richard Howard