Chasing lost time : the life of C.K. Scott Moncrieff : by Findlay, Jean; Scott-Moncrieff, Charles Kenneth

By Findlay, Jean; Scott-Moncrieff, Charles Kenneth

"The exciting first-ever biography of Proust translator C.K. Scott Moncrieff, penned by way of his great-great-niece. 'And all at once the reminiscence returns. The style used to be that of the little crumb of madeleine which on Sunday mornings at Combray (because on these mornings i didn't exit earlier than church-time), whilst I went to assert hello to her in her bed room, my aunt Léonie used to provide me.' With those phrases, Marcel Proust's Read more...

summary: "The exciting first-ever biography of Proust translator C.K. Scott Moncrieff, penned via his great-great-niece. 'And all of sudden the reminiscence returns. The flavor was once that of the little crumb of madeleine which on Sunday mornings at Combray (because on these mornings i didn't exit sooner than church-time), whilst I went to assert hey to her in her bed room, my aunt Léonie used to provide me.' With those phrases, Marcel Proust's narrator is plunged again into the prior. because 1922, English-language readers were in a position to take this jump with him because of translator C.K. Scott Moncrieff, who wrestled with Proust's seven-volume masterpiece--published as Remembrance of items Past--until his dying in 1930. whereas Scott Moncrieff's paintings has formed our knowing of 1 of the best novels of the 20th century, he has remained hidden at the back of the genius of the guy whose acceptance he helped construct. Now, during this biography--the first ever of the distinguished translator--Scott Moncrieff's great-great-niece, Jean Findlay, finds a desirable, tangled existence. Catholic and gay; a partygoer who was once lonely deep down; secretly a secret agent in Mussolini's Italy and publicly a debonair guy of letters; a conflict hero defined as 'offensively courageous, ' whose letters from front are remarkably cheerful--Scott Moncrieff was once a guy of his second, thriving on paradoxes and extremes. In Chasing misplaced Time, Findlay provides us a colourful, relocating portrait of the bright Scott Moncrieff, and of the era--changing quick and forever--in which he shone"

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But Nimmo’s own diary, though written during such tumultuous times, ignored regicide, civil war, even his daughter’s marriage, so busy was Mr Nimmo with the supreme concerns of his own soul. ”’7 In the same century, in 1687, at the luxurious and intriguing French court of Louis XIV, François-Augustin Paradis de Moncrif was born, son of a determined Scots mother who single-mindedly manipulated the way for her son’s success at court. As well as a noted satirist and versifier, Paradis became speech writer for the Duc d’Aumont, Ambassador to England in 1713, then to the Comte d’Argenson for whom he famously wrote love letters which were even sent in his own handwriting.

Even though he was the youngest by far, Charlie was allowed to stay up till the end, and savoured every moment. ’1 He already knew how to recall and embellish a memory and deliver it to entertain. Two days later the winter set in and the pumps froze just before the annual party given for the family servants. Charlie watched them melting the snow to use as water. These people were an important part of his life: Allison the groom, Mary the cook, Bell the gardener and three housemaids; they also invited the servants from the neighbours’ at Parkhill House.

The following year George was invited to the Coronation, but decided not to go because of the expense. At least that was what he told Meg – that it did not warrant an entire new set of court clothes – but George had other reasons for not attending. He strongly disapproved of the shift from Victorian values to Edwardian: a shift from tight-laced to bodice-undone. Victoria had represented self-discipline, work and achievement in Britain and abroad, while Edward VII was known as a libertine. The King would approach the altar to be crowned with Queen Alexandra, but the King’s mistresses would all be present in Westminster Abbey, sitting near the front, in stalls that soon became known as the ‘horse box’.

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