Marcel Proust and Swann’s Way: 100th Anniversary
In the NYRBlog, Colm Tóibín writes, “Visitors lining up to see the word “madeleine” as it appeared in Proust’s handwriting for the first time are in for a shock. What appears in a 1910 draft of Swann’s Way—on view at the Morgan’s exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the book’s publication—is the banal word “biscottes,” easy to spot in the manuscript. It is as though a draft of The Great Gatsby had, at first, a hero called Jones and Daisy was originally called Anne. Or the first draft of The Old Man and the Sea had the old man merely fishing for mackerel. Or that Molly Bloom, at one point in the composition of Ulysses, ended her soliloquy by saying “Maybe.”
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