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Proust’s Deadline by Christine M. Cano

By Christine M. Cano

Cano allows you to comprehend writing as a race opposed to time. Marcel Proust's 'A los angeles Recherche Du Temps Perdu' started to appear in 1913. This paintings provides a historical past of the publishing and reception of 'A los angeles Recherche Du Temps Perdu', and varieties out the problems that experience arisen from the debates concerning the textual content.

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Le reste du livre corrigera” (That’s how it is at that moment. , 9:225). 12 Throughout the negotiations that led to the publication of Du côté de chez Swann, Proust emphasized this point above all: the 010 Cano Ch01 (11-30) 22 8/18/06 10:09 AM Page 22 proust’s deadline Recherche was governed by an immanent logic, and should for that reason be published and read as a whole. What appears in Proust’s letters to friends as a determining moment in the creative process—the discovery of a unifying principle in the early stages of writing—had now inscribed itself in the actual text as interdependence of the parts.

Such an announcement was bound to displease Proust in all of its details. Blum begins by evoking Proust’s Figaro articles, which he 010 Cano Ch01 (11-30) 8/18/06 10:09 AM Page 25 Forthcoming: Announcing the Recherche 25 qualifies as “quelques pénétrantes et délicates chroniques” (a few penetrating and subtle articles). ” Blum’s announcement is one of the first signs, for Proust, of how difficult it will be to overcome his reputation as a superficial author. It also marks an intersection between the commercial necessity of the schematic formula and Proust’s continual efforts to communicate, integrally and faithfully, his lengthy text in such a manner that it will be read as he conceives it: as a whole and living work whose parts are fully interdependent.

11:251; SL, 3:106). Of these two constraints—on the one hand Proust’s haste to publish, on the other his desire to control the conditions of publication—the latter wins out repeatedly: the fear that Fasquelle, a mainstream publisher, will impose his own normalizing practices leads Proust again and again to the same impasse. His first mention of the Nouvelle Revue Française, in an October 1912 letter to Louis de Robert, is tied specifically to the difficulty of publishing a single work in several volumes.

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