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In Search of Lost Time, Volume I
copyright © 1981 by Chatto & Windus and Random House, Inc.

In Search of Lost Time, Volume I
Biographical note copyright © 1992 by Random House, Inc.

In Search of Lost Time, Volume I
Introduction copyright © 2003 by Richard Howard.

In Search of Lost Time, Volume I
Revisions to the translation copyright © 1992 by D. J. Enright.

In Search of Lost Time, Volume II
copyright © 1992 by Random House, Inc., copyright © 1981 by Chatto & Windus and Random House, Inc.

In Search of Lost Time, Volume III
copyright © 1993 by Random House, Inc., copyright © 1981 by Chatto & Windus and Random House, Inc.

In Search of Lost Time, Volume IV
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In Search of Lost Time, Volume V
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In Search of Lost Time, Volume VI
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In Search of Lost Time, Volume VI
Biographical note copyright © 1992 by Random House, Inc.

In Search of Lost Time, Volume VI
Revisions to the translation copyright © 1992 by D. J. Enright.

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This translation is a revised edition of the 1981 translation of
Swann’s Way, Within a Budding Grove
,
The Guermantes Way, Cities of the Plain, The Captive
, and
The Sweet Cheat Gone
by C. K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, published in the United States by Random House, Inc., and in Great Britain by Chatto & Windus. Revisions by D. J. Enright.

This translation is a revised edition of the 1981 translation of
The Past Recaptured
by Andreas Mayor and Terence Kilmartin, published in the United States by Random House, Inc., and in Great Britain by Chatto & Windus. Revisions by D. J. Enright.

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2003 Modern Library Paperback Edition

Biographical note copyright © 1992 by Random House, Inc.
Introduction copyright © 2003 by Richard Howard
Revisions to the translation copyright © 1992 by D. J. Enright
Copyright © 1981 by Chatto & Windus and Random House, Inc.

All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. Published in the United States by Modern Library, an imprint of The Random House Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto.

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ODERN
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IBRARY
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ORCHBEARER
Design are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc.

This edition was originally published in hardcover in Great Britain by Chatto & Windus and in the United States by Modern Library in 1992.

This translation is a revised edition of the 1981 translation of
Swann’s Way
by C. K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, published in the United States by Random House, Inc., and in Great Britain by Chatto & Windus. Revisions by D. J. Enright.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA
Proust, Marcel, 1871–1922.
[Du côte de chez Swann. English]
Swann’s way/Marcel Proust; translated by C. K. Scott
Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin; revised by D. J. Enright.
p.   cm. — (In search of lost time; v. 1)
Translation of: Du côte de chez Swann.
eISBN: 978-0-679-64178-0
I. Title.  II. Series.
PQ2631.R63D83 1992
843′ .912—dc20           92-25657

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ARCEL
P
ROUST

Marcel Proust was born in the Parisian suburb of Auteuil on July 10, 1871. His father, Adrien Proust, was a doctor celebrated for his work in epidemiology; his mother, Jeanne Weil, was a stockbroker’s daughter of Jewish descent. He lived as a child in the family home on Boulevard Malesherbes in Paris, but spent vacations with his aunt and uncle in the town of Illiers near Chartres, where the Prousts had lived for generations and which became the model for the Combray of his great novel. (In recent years it was officially renamed Illiers-Combray.) Sickly from birth, Marcel was subject from the age of nine to violent attacks of asthma, and although he did a year of military service as a young man and studied law and political science, his invalidism disqualified him from an active professional life.

During the 1890s Proust contributed sketches to
Le Figaro
and to a short-lived magazine,
Le Banquet
, founded by some of his school friends in 1892.
Pleasures and Days
, a collection of his stories, essays, and poems, was published in 1896. In his youth Proust led an active social life, penetrating the highest circles of wealth and aristocracy. Artistically and intellectually, his influences included the aesthetic criticism of John Ruskin, the philosophy of Henri Bergson, the music of Wagner, and the fiction of Anatole France (on whom he modeled his character Bergotte). An affair begun in 1894 with the composer and pianist Reynaldo Hahn marked the beginning of Proust’s often anguished acknowledgment of his homosexuality. Following the publication of Emile Zola’s letter in defense of Colonel Dreyfus in 1898, Proust became “the first Dreyfusard,” as he later phrased it. By the time Dreyfus was finally vindicated of charges of treason, Proust’s social circles had been torn apart by the anti-Semitism and political hatreds stirred up by the affair.

Proust was very attached to his mother, and after her death in 1905 he spent some time in a sanatorium. His health worsened progressively, and he withdrew almost completely from society and devoted himself to writing. Proust’s early work had done nothing to establish his reputation as a major writer. In an unfinished novel,
Jean Santeuil
(not published until 1952), he laid some of the groundwork for
In Search of Lost Time
, and in
Against Sainte-Beuve
, written in 1908–9, he stated as his aesthetic credo: “A book is the product of a different self from the one we manifest in our habits, in society, in our vices. If we mean to try to understand this self it is only in our inmost depths, by endeavoring to reconstruct it there, that the quest can be achieved.” He appears to have begun work on his long masterpiece sometime around 1908, and the first volume,
Swann’s Way
, was published in 1913. In 1919 the second volume,
Within a Budding Grove
, won the Goncourt Prize, bringing Proust great and instantaneous fame. Two subsequent sections—
The Guermantes Way
(1920–21) and
Sodom and Gomorrah
(1921)—appeared in his lifetime. (Of the depiction of homosexuality in the latter, his friend André Gide complained: “Will you never portray this form of Eros for us in the aspect of youth and beauty?”) The remaining volumes were published following Proust’s death on November 18, 1922:
The Captive
in 1923,
The Fugitive
in 1925, and
Time Regained
in 1927.

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NTRODUCTION
Richard Howard

In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.

O
SCAR
W
ILDE

Dear Proust, I’d like you to meet your new readers. Most of them have heard about you for some time (there have been at least four films made of
In Search of Lost Time;
there has even been a film about you, and your housekeeper, and your asthma, and your cork-lined room—a film of course about the inaccessible last years of your life), and certainly they have had many opportunities to get acquainted with your great work—everyone has been told it is great—but for one reason or another they haven’t done so.

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