Sodom and Gomorrah In Search of Lost Time, Volume 4 Marcel Proust, William C. Carter

Publication date:
10 Aug 2021
Yale University Press
616 pages: 235 x 190 x 37mm
3 b-w illus.
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An authoritative new edition of the fourth volume in Marcel Proust's epic masterwork, In Search of Lost Time series

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 fourth volume, Sodom and Gomorrah, is notable for its pioneering discussion of homosexuality. After its publication, Colette wrote to Proust, “No one has written pages such as these on homosexuals, no one!” This edition 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.

“Proust is not an easy author to read. Carter’s revised translation makes the text much more accessible to a contemporary reader.”—Pascal Ifri, Washington University in St. Louis

“Carter has pared down the annotations and made them crystal clear. This edition is both masterful in its content and pleasing in its form.”—David Ellison, author of A Reader's Guide to Proust's In Search of Lost Time

Sodom and Gomorrah introduces key signposts on the road through the Recherche. And as readers we could not ask for a more informed and eloquent guide to this volume’s new realms than William Carter.”—Harold Augenbraum, Editor, Collected Poems of Marcel Proust

“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