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Chasing Lost Time: The Life of C.K. Scott Moncrieff: Soldier, Spy and Translator by Jean Findlay at Abbey's Bookshop,

Chasing Lost Time: The Life of C.K. Scott Moncrieff: Soldier, Spy and Translator

Jean Findlay



Biography: literary


368 pages

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Scott Moncrieff was an enigmatic man. A Catholic convert and a homosexual, a gregarious party-goer but deeply lonely, an interwar spy and public man of letters. He was the celebrated translator of Proust's A La Recherche du Temps Perdu. He was also a decorated First World War hero. Written by Scott Moncrieff's great-great-niece, and with exclusive access to the family archive, Chasing Lost Time is a fascinating portrait of a man living through an era of war and profound change, and who rendered in English the definitive modern novel.

By:   Jean Findlay
Imprint:   Arrow
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   294g
ISBN:   9780099507086
ISBN 10:   0099507080
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   November 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jean Findlay was born in Edinburgh and studied Law and French at Edinburgh University, then theatre in Cracow with Tadeusz Kantor. She ran a theatre company, writing and producing plays in Berlin, Bonn, Dublin, Rotterdam, and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. She has written for the Scotsman, the Independent, Time Out and Performance magazine and lives in Edinburgh with her husband and three children. She is the great-great-niece of C K Scott Moncrieff.

A first-rate, playful, moving biography -- Roger Lewis The Times Elegant and even-handed biography Wall Street Journal In a hugely readable and well researched biography, Findlay paints a triple portrait of her ancestor - as a devoted family man, homosexual Catholic and cultivated spy - who turns out to be a far more engaging and fascinating subject than one would ever have imagined -- David Robinson Scotsman The final revelation of Findlay's book is that Moncrieff was far from the perfect Proustian of our imagination. Moncrieff is a lot more fun to be around than his careful sentences might suggest -- Adam Gopnik The New Yorker A fascinating read The Economist

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