Chasing lost time : the life of C.K. Scott Moncrieff : by Findlay, Jean; Scott-Moncrieff, Charles Kenneth

By Findlay, Jean; Scott-Moncrieff, Charles Kenneth

"The exciting first-ever biography of Proust translator C.K. Scott Moncrieff, penned via his great-great-niece. 'And without warning the reminiscence returns. The flavor was once that of the little crumb of madeleine which on Sunday mornings at Combray (because on these mornings i didn't exit earlier than church-time), while I went to assert hi there to her in her bed room, my aunt Léonie used to provide me.' With those phrases, Marcel Proust's Read more...

summary: "The exciting first-ever biography of Proust translator C.K. Scott Moncrieff, penned by means of his great-great-niece. 'And all of sudden the reminiscence returns. The flavor used to be that of the little crumb of madeleine which on Sunday mornings at Combray (because on these mornings i didn't exit prior to church-time), while I went to claim hi there to her in her bed room, my aunt Léonie used to offer me.' With those phrases, Marcel Proust's narrator is plunged again into the previous. given that 1922, English-language readers were in a position to take this bounce with him due to translator C.K. Scott Moncrieff, who wrestled with Proust's seven-volume masterpiece--published as Remembrance of items Past--until his loss of life in 1930. whereas Scott Moncrieff's paintings has formed our knowing of 1 of the best novels of the 20th century, he has remained hidden in the back of the genius of the fellow whose acceptance he helped construct. Now, during this biography--the first ever of the distinguished translator--Scott Moncrieff's great-great-niece, Jean Findlay, finds a desirable, tangled existence. Catholic and gay; a partygoer who was once lonely deep down; secretly a undercover agent in Mussolini's Italy and publicly a debonair guy of letters; a battle hero defined as 'offensively courageous, ' whose letters from front are remarkably cheerful--Scott Moncrieff was once a guy of his second, thriving on paradoxes and extremes. In Chasing misplaced Time, Findlay provides us a colourful, relocating portrait of the intense Scott Moncrieff, and of the era--changing speedy and forever--in which he shone"

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Even though he was the youngest by far, Charlie was allowed to stay up till the end, and savoured every moment. ’1 He already knew how to recall and embellish a memory and deliver it to entertain. Two days later the winter set in and the pumps froze just before the annual party given for the family servants. Charlie watched them melting the snow to use as water. These people were an important part of his life: Allison the groom, Mary the cook, Bell the gardener and three housemaids; they also invited the servants from the neighbours’ at Parkhill House.

Meg, still weak from the birth, copied into her diary, ‘Character is formed by compression; emotions and experience that evaporate in expression, contribute little. ’27 At the end of a week at home Colin was sent back again, after much discussion of sacrificing present pleasure for his future, and doing his duty towards his parents who knew what was best for him. He was a tender-hearted child, and although it hurt to be parted from his mother and baby brother, he put on a brave face. Photographs of Colin from then on always look as though he was putting on a brave face.

Having spent the flower of his youth on the war, he felt that he was chasing lost time for the last ten years of his life. This feeling of being hounded by time led to a frenetic work schedule, and him publishing nineteen volumes of difficult translation, writing thousands of letters and neglecting his physical health. It is unlikely he ever cooked himself a meal, relying on black coffee and wine by day and dining out at night where he was celebrated as a first-rate entertainer by his friends. Proust wrote a slow exploration in search of lost time, but Charles was actively chasing time, he was a man never at rest; constantly making unnatural demands on himself, leading an action-packed life.

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