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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (315 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edmund White Narrator: David Case, Frederick Davidson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 1999 ISBN: 9781415910528
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Considered one of the greatest—and most influential—writers of the twentieth century, Marcel Proust was also one of its most fascinating figures. A strange, reclusive genius who often lay in bed for days at a time obsessively rewriting his masterpiece, Remembrance of Things Past, Proust was at other times a tireless socialite, attending the grandest parties and dazzling guests with his vivacity and wit. But as a boy Proust was yearning and lonely, an ambitious grasper after honors, and a miserably closeted homosexual, an aspect of his life that this book explores frankly and perceptively.
 
“White has a novelist’s eye for the telling detail or the remarkable phrase.”—New York Times Book Review Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dottie | 2/2/2014

    " Slim book brimming with tantalizing bits of information and plenty of interesting stories of Proust's life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/11/2014

    " A good and short intro to Proust. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 12/7/2013

    " Very helpful for starting the journey into In Search of Lost Time. It's clear to me now that of all the modernists, Proust focuses most on sexuality and social mores, and also on obsession, desire and illness (or obsessive desire AS illness, for that matter) so this little sketch on how those themes emerge from his life and his world is good grounding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Valente | 12/4/2013

    " illuminating biography of a genius "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/3/2013

    " Really very excellent. There is a fabulous Proust bibliography at the end as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C.M. Mayo | 10/6/2013

    " Oh, writers... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Teng | 9/26/2013

    " It' a little biased but an interesting analysis of Proust's work "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip | 7/28/2013

    " An excellent, short biography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eve | 7/22/2013

    " What a fascinating man! He's just inspired my new obsession for more information on his life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally Anne | 6/7/2013

    " An easy, breezy background of M. Proust. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rodney | 5/10/2013

    " Excellent brief biography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marius | 5/7/2013

    " A pretty succinct but interesting biography of Marcel Proust. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charmless | 4/3/2013

    " Only Edmund White can get away with a rather slim-sized (physically) biography of the best novelist ever. (You can argue all you want but Proust trumps 'em all.) I am in bewildered awe at what White has accomplished here. So little, yet so much! Bravo! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johan | 3/1/2013

    " Basically Proust for dummies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louis Dirigible | 9/9/2012

    " not a proust buff so i can't speak to much. i can say for the uninitiated it's a nice read, a wikipedia of biographies - clean style, gets you what you need to know about him without a day by day recap. it also learned that edmund white wasn't edmund wilson. all in all an educational experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 7/23/2012

    " I remember liking it, and White is a charming writer. Why can't I remember the details better? This is a great series, but few of those I've read have really stayed with me. Perhaps the one on Joan of Arc did, as well as the one on Simone Weil. I tried Mao too, but I think I didn't finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AC | 6/11/2012

    " Very nice quick (and very, very brief) introduction to Proust - esp. meant for those (like self) who know nothing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaylon Tuttle | 10/10/2011

    " Interesting guy Mr Proust. I'll have to actually read his stuff "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nystrom | 6/11/2011

    " A quick, enlightening read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brinda | 5/21/2011

    " A breezy 160 pages, very readable, real life portrayal of this unique man who wrote a novel unlike any other. I learned a lot about Proust and about what led him to write the 4,500 page tome -- and after reading White's bio of him, it's clear that it couldn't have been written by anyone else! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jonathan | 5/3/2011

    " after devoting 3,500 pages of my life to his work, i thought i should take a little time to learn about the man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eve | 4/29/2011

    " What a fascinating man! He's just inspired my new obsession for more information on his life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally Anne | 4/10/2011

    " An easy, breezy background of M. Proust. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/31/2010

    " It' a little biased but an interesting analysis of Proust's work "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 6/19/2010

    " Some good information but a bit disjointed. Good companion to In Search of Lost Time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brinda | 1/2/2010

    " A breezy 160 pages, very readable, real life portrayal of this unique man who wrote a novel unlike any other. I learned a lot about Proust and about what led him to write the 4,500 page tome -- and after reading White's bio of him, it's clear that it couldn't have been written by anyone else! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 7/31/2009

    " I remember liking it, and White is a charming writer. Why can't I remember the details better? This is a great series, but few of those I've read have really stayed with me. Perhaps the one on Joan of Arc did, as well as the one on Simone Weil. I tried Mao too, but I think I didn't finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaylon | 6/25/2009

    " Interesting guy Mr Proust. I'll have to actually read his stuff "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 12/29/2008

    " A good and short intro to Proust. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charmless | 8/7/2008

    " Only Edmund White can get away with a rather slim-sized (physically) biography of the best novelist ever. (You can argue all you want but Proust trumps 'em all.) I am in bewildered awe at what White has accomplished here. So little, yet so much! Bravo! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 mike | 5/15/2008

    " not-good short book from a good writer. "

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About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.