Sketches by Proust
Proust frequently decorated his manuscripts and correspondence with sketches and doodling. Primarily executed in ink, they appear in the margins of his letters—particularly those to Reynaldo Hahn—and on his famous "paperoles," the scroll-like paper on which he composed Remembrance of Things Past. Sometimes he even drew in the middle of a page of prose, interjecting personal commentaries and freeminded developments never intended to be published.
Never before has such a complete collection of these drawings been published, nor have Proust’s sketches been the subject of such close scrutiny. With Philippe Sollers’ penetrating prose, combining his graphic intelligence with an intimate knowledge of Proust’s world, L’œil de Proust is a veritable literary event.
Philippe Sollers : Philippe Sollers is a writer, editor, and critic of whom Philip Roth has said: "Anybody out for a good time should read Philippe Sollers. He's the sort of intellectual clown we don't breed in America--urbane, bestial, candid, effervescent, an irrepressible ejaculator of farcical wisdom, a master of good-natured malice, a kind of happy, lively, benign Celine." Of Sollers’ many previous books, those currently available in English include Watteau in Venice (Scribner's, 1994), Event(Red Dust, 1987), and Women (Columbia UP, 1990). He makes his home in Paris where he lives with his wife Julia Kristeva.