Prousts Overcoat: The True Story of One Mans Passion for All Things Proust Lorenza Foschini

ISBN: 9781846272721

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Prousts Overcoat: The True Story of One Mans Passion for All Things Proust by Lorenza Foschini
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Jacques GuErin was a prominent businessman at the head of his familys successful perfume company, but his real passion was for rare books and literary manuscripts. From the time he was a young man, he frequented the antiquarian bookshops of Paris inMoreJacques GuErin was a prominent businessman at the head of his familys successful perfume company, but his real passion was for rare books and literary manuscripts.

From the time he was a young man, he frequented the antiquarian bookshops of Paris in search of lost, forgotten treasures. The ultimate prize? Anything from the hands of Marcel Proust.GuErin identified with Proust more deeply than with any other writer, and when illness brought him by chance under the care of Marcels brother, Dr.

Robert Proust, he saw it as a remarkable opportunity. Shamed by Marcels extravagant writings, embarrassed by his homosexuality, and offended by his disregard for bourgeois respectability, his family had begun to deliberately destroy and sell their inheritance of his notebooks, letters, manuscripts, furni-ture, and personal effects. Horrified by the destruction, and consumed with desire, GuErin ingratiated himself with Marcels heirs, placating them with cash and kindness in exchange for the writers priceless, rare material remains. After years of relentless persuasion, GuErin was at last rewarded with a highly personal prize, one he had never dreamed of possessing, a relic he treasured to the end of his long life: Prousts overcoat.Prousts Overcoat introduces a cast of intriguing and unforgettable characters, each inspired and tormented by Marcel, his writing, and his orphaned objects.

Together they reveal a curious and compelling tale of lost and found, of common things and uncommon desires.



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