Unpublished news from Proust published in October

Unpublished news of the French writer Marcel Proust (1871-1922) will be published on October 9 under the title “The mysterious correspondent and other unpublished news”, we learned Monday from the editions of Fallois.
These nine texts, written while Proust was about twenty years old, should have appeared in his first book, Pleasures and Days (1896), but had finally been rejected by the author.

The news was unearthed by the creator of Fallois editions, Bernard de Fallois, who died last year, a great specialist in the work of Marcel Proust, already behind the discovery of a novel composed between 1895 and 1899 and remained unpublished, Jean Santeuil (published by Gallimard in 1952), as well as the text Contre Sainte-Beuve finally published in 1954.

“With this collection of news and completely new texts we go back to the sources of the search for lost time ,” the great work of Marcel Proust, have underlined the editions of Fallois in a statement.

“These texts, says the editor, bear the mark of a thorough work […] Most of these short stories obey the laws of the genre: staged a situation, vicissitudes, final fall […] It shows the young writer multiply the narrative experiments suggested sometimes by his readings but already resolutely engaged in the process of creation which announces by many signs the future work. ยป

“These unpublished pages do not have the perfection of research but precisely they help us to better understand it by revealing to us what was its beginning”, estimate the editions of Fallois.

Why did not Proust retain these texts? “No doubt he considered that because of their daring, they could have hit a social environment where prevailed a strong traditional morality,” suggests the editor.

The dominant theme of these works, says the publisher, is the analysis of “physical love so unfairly decried.” “The awareness of homosexuality is experienced in the exclusively tragic way, as a curse,” adds the editor.

The volume (180 pages, plus 8 facsimile pages) is completed by a set of documents presented by the academic Luc Fraisse on the sources of research.

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