4.27.2014

The Guermantes Way III p 685-703

p 685 | Attic salt: Refined, delicate wit.

p 686 | Maecenas - a generous patron especially of literature or art. Latin, from Gaius Maecenas 8 b.c. Roman statesman & patron of literature.


p 687 | Jehan George Vibert, Academic painter, 1840-1902.

p 688 | Pampille... was Marthe Daudet (1878–1960).

p 690 | Antoinette Élisabeth, Duchess of Clermont-Tonnerre (née de Gramont; 1875-1954), French writer, close friend, sometimes critic, of Proust, whom she met in 1903. 

p 690 | Ortolan's eggs.

p 692 | Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet(1627–1704), French bishop & theologian, known for his sermons & other addresses, is sometimes considered one of the most brilliant orators of all time & a masterful French stylist.

p 692 | François Coppée (1842–1908): French poet and novelist.

p 693 | Mme Alphonse de Rothschild=Leonora "Laure" de Rothschild (1837-1911)

p 697 | La Dame aux camélias: 1848 novel by Dumas fils, made into Camille and La Traviata.
Apostle

p 698 | Sic transit gloria mundi is a Latin phrase that means "Thus passes the glory of the world."
p 698 | Le malade imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid, 1673), a 3-act comedy/ballet by Molière & Marc-Antoine Charpentier.

p 699 | Queen of Naples=Maria Sophie of Bavaria, sister of Elisabeth, Empress of Austria.

p 700 | Queen of Sweden=Sophia of Nassau.

p 702 | Apostles in the Sainte-Chapelle.
p 702 | Yquem: Sauterne wine.

p 703 | Orangeade (recipe); stewed cherries (recipe), stewed pears (recipe)

4.19.2014

Interesting Random Links to the Man & the Novel

Paul Murray, author of Skippy Dies, is reading Proust.
Angel: What are you reading? Murray: I’m reading Within a Budding Grove. Proust.
Angel: Is In Search of Lost Time a book you’ve meant to read for a long time and finally got around to reading?  Murray: Well, actually I was pretty daunted by it, so I’d set it by for my retirement. But the book I’m working on now has a French narrator so I thought I should bone up on French culture. I’m reading it in English, but I thought that this was a key text and it is the key text. I’m realizing while I’m reading it that it is so influential. 
Angel: Which translation are you reading? Murray: I’m reading the Scott Moncrieff translation.  
Angel: How many hours a day do you devote to that? Murray: Nabokov wrote an essay about the first volume in which he says, “In Search of Lost Time makes up 4,000 pages which are about a month’s reading.” That’s Nabokov. It took me a month to read the first volume. The sentences are so convoluted you have to read almost every single one twice. The first time round you’re just looking for the verb, then you go back and work out what he’s talking about. So it’s slow going. And I’m reading other stuff, too. {....}

4.07.2014

The Guermantes Way III p 638-644

p 638 | Marie Caroline Miolan-Carvalho, French opera singer, 1827-95)

p 641 | Bussy d'Amboise, Louis de (1549–79) was a gentleman dandy at the court of Henri III.







p 642 | Duc d'Aumale (Prince Henri d'Orleans, 1822-97, son of King Louis-Philippe).

p 644 | caviller=quibbler; one who raises annoying petty objections.