New PDF release: The Memoirs of Ernest A. Forssgren: Proust's Swedish Valet
By Ernest Forssgren, William C. Carter
The memoirs of Ernest Forssgren (1894–1970), the younger Swede who served as Marcel Proust’s final valet, supply new insights into Proust’s existence and demise. formerly, Forssgren’s memoir has been released in simple terms in excerpts, in French, with severe omissions and alterations. This booklet offers the entire textual content of the memoir, with an creation and important annotations through the prestigious Proust pupil William C. Carter. additionally incorporated here's different new fabric: the inscriptions that Proust wrote for Forssgren’s reproduction of Swann’s method; a major telegram that Proust despatched Forssgren, which defines with better precision the novelist’s actions within the ultimate months of his lifestyles; Forssgren’s “Summary” of the 1st English biography of Proust, via George D. Painter, which gives many new information about Proust’s final journey to Cabourg in 1914 and his makes an attempt at seducing younger males of the servant classification; and the notes that Forssgren made in his reproduction of Painter’s biography.
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At the outbreak of the war, the prince was already suffering from the illness that killed him two years later. Céleste Albaret relates this anecdote: “Albert [Le Cuziat] had told M. Proust a story” about Count [Prince] Orloff “which both amused and shocked him. Right in the middle of a big dinner-party, the count sent for his chamber pot and relieved himself in front of the guests. ‘Worse than the royal close-stool of the old days,’ said M. ” Céleste Albaret, Monsieur Proust, as told to Georges Belmont, trans.
P. 27 At no time did I ever address him in any other way. 30 I told MP about hand26. There is no evidence that Forssgren ever typed or took dictation for Proust. 27. As we shall see, Forssgren does not use these abbreviations consistently. 28. The feeling was not mutual, as we have seen. Forssgren’s inability to give Proust’s correct street address and Céleste’s correct surname may be taken as proof that he did not read his copy of Painter’s biography thoroughly and carefully. ” 29. s. 7, Études proustiennes 2: 119–42) begin with this sentence.
Her memory is conﬁrmed by Proust’s correspondence. See SL 3: 276. She recalled that the ﬁrst young man interviewed took her for Madame Proust. Did he and Forssgren both make the same mistake or did she attribute Forssgren’s impression to the ﬁrst applicant? Albaret, Monsieur Proust, 28. 18. The light that Forssgren saw was probably from Proust’s bedside lamp. Proust did not burn candles next to his bed, but a candle was kept lit in the corridor during the night (that is, the day) in case he had an urgent need to light his asthma powder.
The Memoirs of Ernest A. Forssgren: Proust's Swedish Valet by Ernest Forssgren, William C. Carter