"Proust in Love" by William C. Carter

Proust in Love William C. Carter

Publication date:
28 Apr 2014
Yale University Press
280 pages: 210 x 140 x 21mm
15 b-w illus. in 8 page gallery insert
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The acclaimed Proust biographer William C. Carter portrays Proust’s amorous adventures and misadventures from adolescence through his adult years, supplying where appropriate Proust’s own sensitive, intelligent, and often disillusioned observations about love and sexuality. Proust is revealed as a man agonizingly caught between the constant fear of public exposure as a homosexual and the need to find and express love. In telling the story of Proust in love, Carter also shows how the author’s experiences became major themes in his novel In Search of Lost Time.
Carter discusses Proust’s adolescent sexual experiences, his disastrous brothel visit to cure homosexual inclinations, and his first great loves. He also addresses the duel Proust fought after the journalist Jean Lorrain alluded to his homosexuality in print, his flirtations with respectable women and high-class prostitutes, and his affairs with young men of the servant class. With new revelations about Proust’s love life and a gallery of photographs, the book provides an unprecedented glimpse of Proust’s gay Paris.

William C. Carter is Distinguished Professor of French at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Selected as a 2007 AAUP University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries.

"William C. Carter is Proust's definitive biographer. His Proust in Love is a marvelous study of the comic splendor of the great novelist's vision of human eros and its discontents."—Harold Bloom   

“The most complete picture, to date, of Proust and his lovers.”—Katherine Kolb, Southeastern Louisiana University

"Given Carter's extensive knowledge of his subject, it's no surprise that his new book on Proust is at once so detailed and fascinating."—Mary Ann Caws, author of Marcel Proust (Overlook Illustrated Lives) and Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature, Graduate Center, CUNY