By Findlay, Jean; Scott-Moncrieff, Charles Kenneth

ISBN-10: 0374119279

ISBN-13: 9780374119270

"The exciting first-ever biography of Proust translator C.K. Scott Moncrieff, penned by means of his great-great-niece. 'And unexpectedly the reminiscence returns. The flavor used to be that of the little crumb of madeleine which on Sunday mornings at Combray (because on these mornings i didn't exit earlier than church-time), whilst I went to assert hey to her in her bed room, my aunt Léonie used to offer me.' With those phrases, Marcel Proust's Read more...

summary: "The exciting first-ever biography of Proust translator C.K. Scott Moncrieff, penned by means of his great-great-niece. 'And all at once the reminiscence returns. The style used to be that of the little crumb of madeleine which on Sunday mornings at Combray (because on these mornings i didn't exit prior to church-time), whilst I went to assert hi there to her in her bed room, my aunt Léonie used to offer me.' With those phrases, Marcel Proust's narrator is plunged again into the previous. for the reason that 1922, English-language readers were in a position to take this bounce with him because of translator C.K. Scott Moncrieff, who wrestled with Proust's seven-volume masterpiece--published as Remembrance of items Past--until his loss of life in 1930. whereas Scott Moncrieff's paintings has formed our knowing of 1 of the best novels of the 20 th century, he has remained hidden in the back of the genius of the guy whose recognition he helped construct. Now, during this biography--the first ever of the prestigious translator--Scott Moncrieff's great-great-niece, Jean Findlay, finds a desirable, tangled lifestyles. Catholic and gay; a partygoer who used to be lonely deep down; secretly a undercover agent in Mussolini's Italy and publicly a debonair guy of letters; a conflict hero defined as 'offensively courageous, ' whose letters from front are remarkably cheerful--Scott Moncrieff used to be a guy of his second, thriving on paradoxes and extremes. In Chasing misplaced Time, Findlay supplies us a colourful, relocating portrait of the intense Scott Moncrieff, and of the era--changing quickly and forever--in which he shone"

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In 1121 he sailed to Scotland from Spain to be Wardrobe Keeper to King Alexander the Fierce, son of Malcolm Canmore and Saint Margaret of Scotland: bringing Spanish silks and feathers to decorate the king among the frozen hills. In 1249, the next King, Alexander II gave lands to Sir Matthew de Moncrieff and his heirs, taking the name from the hills he gave them in what is now Perthshire. The dying Charles remembered that there was a letter from William Moncrieff and reached sideways to his bedside table, in vain.

What gave him the idea? Robert Scott Moncrieff was by family reports a liberal, well-travelled man, a friend of Wilberforce, and a founder of the Edinburgh Orphan Hospital. Perhaps one hundred years before the Married Women’s Property Act, he wanted to acknowledge his mother’s contribution to his estates. ’2 The next Robert became a banker and he and his wife were duly painted by Raeburn. Charles eventually traced his forebears even further back than his father had done. 3 Charles was then translating Proust, Stendhal, the letters of Abelard and Heloise, and the works of Pirandello; his imagination was peopled by crowds of characters, but his own ancestors seemed equally vibrant.

The same family that took it over from Tony Ray run it today and there are school photographs in the hallway. The bedroom cupboards are the same as those in which the prep-school boys stowed their games kit, Sunday kilt uniform and second set of weekday uniform: Eton collars, tweed jackets, short woollen trousers. There is an ancient deep sink with brass taps at the end of the stairwell. From the outside there are still twenty chimney pots although no coal fires remain inside.

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