Proust: The Search by Benjamin Taylor
In this concise and elegant biography, Benjamin Taylor ably illustrates how Proust absorbed the life around him and transformed it into immortal art.
The son of a prominent Catholic doctor and the cultured daughter of a Jewish stock broker, Proust was born into and lived in comfort. His schooling was interrupted by frequent sickness—notably, asthma, which afflicted him throughout his life and ultimately caused his death—but the outstanding curriculum and faculty of the noted lycée he attended instilled in Proust a love of literature and of writing. Despite his absences from school, he read voraciously and wrote for the school magazines. He was also introduced to the first of the many salons that brought him into Parisian Belle Époque society.