Books: Dandy's Progress

LETTERS OF MARCEL PROUST (462 pp.)—Translated and edited by Mina Curtiss—Random House ($5).

In the last 17 years of his life, Marcel Proust spent the greater part of his waking time ransacking his memory and writing down what he found with mingled love and horror. When he died in 1922, he left a mountain of legends about himself—of the fabulous invalid who nearly always wrote in bed, with his manuscript propped on his knees; of the Paris room whose walls were lined with cork to deaden all sound of the world outside. Besides his...

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