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By William C. Carter

The acclaimed Proust biographer William C. Carter portrays Proust’s amorous adventures and misadventures from formative years via his grownup years, delivering the place applicable Proust’s personal delicate, clever, and infrequently dissatisfied observations approximately love and sexuality. Proust is printed as a guy agonizingly stuck among the consistent worry of public publicity as a gay and the necessity to locate and convey love. In telling the tale of Proust in love, Carter additionally exhibits how the author’s stories turned significant topics in his novel looking for misplaced Time.Carter discusses Proust’s adolescent sexual reports, his disastrous brothel stopover at to treatment gay dispositions, and his first nice loves. He additionally addresses the duel Proust fought after the journalist Jean Lorrain alluded to his homosexuality in print, his flirtations with first rate girls and high-class prostitutes, and his affairs with younger males of the servant type. With new revelations approximately Proust’s love existence and a gallery of images, the e-book offers an extraordinary glimpse of Proust’s homosexual Paris.

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32 Nothing more is known about the Austrian beauty met in dance class, except that-if she really did exist-he quickly forgot her. This letter, unlike those written to and about boys, has a hollow ring. Proust did make one audacious attempt at heterosexual seduction whose authenticity cannot be contested because the scene was witnessed and recorded by Halevy, his coconspirator. 33 One day after school, Halevy led the intrigued Proust to the shop, where the two randy boys stopped on the sidewalk and simply stared, transfixed by the sight of Mme Chirade busily serving her customers delicious cheeses and creams.

Maybe you are right. Still, I always find it sad not to pluck the delicious flower that we shall soon be unable to pluck. For then it would be fruit ... ' Bizet again shrugged off the invitation. From the secure vantage of his own exclusively heterosexual yearnings, he apparently found Proust's seductive overtures harmless fun. ' Bizet, who was perplexed, wrote back that he did not understand why they could not continue to play together. Proust replied that perhaps his mother feared that his "somewhat excessive affection" for Bizet might "degenerate" into "sensual love" because she feared that the two boys shared "the same faults ...

With the callousness common to adolescent boys, Proust's classmates teased and snubbed their sensitive and clinging companion, curtly rejecting his offers of greater intimacy, thus wounding him deeply. Daniel Halevy was a handsome, towheaded, freckle-faced boy with hazel eyes who, like Proust, came from a liberal, bourgeois Parisian family with a distinguished literary and musical pedigree. The two boys had a solid but difficult friendship. Halevy, who liked to be seen as domineering and tough, tormented the pining Marcel with his angry gestures and the ability to keep silent for days on end.

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