John Sturrock, 25 June 1992
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HarperCollins, 434 pp., £35, January 1992, 0 00 215541 9Show More
Correspondance de Marcel Proust: Tome XVIII, 191 edited by Philip Kolb.
Plon, 657 pp., frs 290, September 1990, 2 259 02187 5Show More
Correspondance de Marcel Proust: Tome XIX, 1920 edited by Philip Kolb.
Plon, 857 pp., frs 350, May 1991, 2 259 02389 4Show More
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Plon, 713 pp., frs 350, April 1992, 2 259 02433 5Show More
“... Proust wrote too many letters: he thought so and so anyone might think, as Philip Kolb’s expanding series of annual volumes edges towards the writer’s death, in 1922. Sheer numbers would not have mattered had they been stronger letters, but Proust’s correspondence is too much of it mechanical or emptily ingratiating, the one remaining exercise of the social virtues by a man who had taken to his bedroom (with occasional querulous sorties late at night to the Ritz Hotel) in order to be alone with his asthma and the prodigiously radiating manuscript of his novel ...”