Within a Budding Grove: Place-Names: The Place

Marcel Proust

My first visit to Balbec — First impressions of M. de Charlus and of Robert de Saint-Loup — Dinner with Bloch and his family.

I had arrived at a state almost of complete indifference to Gilberte when, two years later, I went with my grandmother to Balbec. When I succumbed to the attraction of a strange face, when it was with the help of some other girl that I hoped to discover gothic cathedrals, the palaces and gardens of Italy, I said to myself sadly that this love of ours, in so far as it is love for one particular creature, is not perhaps a very real thing, since if the association of pleasant or unpleasant trains of thought can attach it for a time to a woman so as to make us believe that it has been inspired by her, in a necessary sequence of effect to cause, yet when we detach ourselves, deliberately or unconsciously, from those associations, this love, as though it were indeed a spontaneous thing and sprang from ourselves alone, will revive in order to bestow itself on another woman. At the time, however, of my departure for Balbec, and during the earlier part of my stay there, my indifference was still only intermittent. Often, our life being so careless of chronology, interpolating so many anachronisms in the sequence of our days, I lived still among those — far older days than yesterday or last week — in which I loved Gilberte. And at once not seeing her became as exquisite a torture to me as it had been then. The self that had loved her, which another self had already almost entirely supplanted, rose again in me, stimulated far more often by a trivial than by an important event. For instance, if I may anticipate for a moment my arrival in Normandy, I heard some one who passed me on the sea-front at Balbec refer to the ‘Secretary to the Ministry of Posts and his family.’ Now, seeing that as yet I knew nothing of the influence which that family was to exercise over my life, this remark ought to have passed unheeded; instead, it gave me at once an acute twinge, which a self that had for the most part long since been outgrown in me felt at being parted from Gilberte. Because I had never given another thought to a conversation which Gilberte had had with her father in my hearing, in which allusion was made to the Secretary to the Ministry of Posts and to his family. Now our love memories present no exception to the general rules of memory, which in turn are governed by the still more general rules of Habit. And as Habit weakens every impression, what a person recalls to us most vividly is precisely what we had forgotten, because it was of no importance, and had therefore left in full possession of its strength. That is why the better part of our memory exists outside ourselves, in a blatter of rain, in the smell of an unaired room or of the first crackling brushwood fire in a cold grate: wherever, in short, we happen upon what our mind, having no use for it, had rejected, the last treasure that the past has in store, the richest, that which when all our flow of tears seems to have dried at the source can make us weep again. Outside ourselves, did I say; rather within ourselves, but hidden from our eyes in an oblivion more or less prolonged. It is thanks to this oblivion alone that we can from time to time recover the creature that we were, range ourselves face to face with past events as that creature had to face them, suffer afresh because we are no longer ourselves but he, and because he loved what leaves us now indifferent. In the broad daylight of our ordinary memory the images of the past turn gradually pale and fade out of sight, nothing remains of them, we shall never find them again. Or rather we should never find them again had not a few words (such as this ‘Secretary to the Ministry of Posts’) been carefully locked away in oblivion, just as an author deposits in the National Library a copy of a book which might otherwise become unobtainable. Continue reading


The Great Ideas Today (1964) Bibliography of Literature

This bibliography accompanied Stanley Kauffmann’s review essay (pp. 181-221) in The Great Ideas Today 1964.

Aiken, Conrad. The Morning Son of Lord Zero. New York: Oxford University Press, 1963.

Amis, Kingsley. One Fat Englishman.  New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc., 1964. (google books)

Antonioni, Michelangelo. Screenplays of Michelangelo Antonioni. New York: The Orion Press, 1963.

Baker, Elliott.  A Fine Madness. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Inc., 1964.

Burgess, Anthony. Honey for the Bears.  New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1964. (google books)

Camus, Albert. Notebooks 1935-1942, trans. Philip Thody. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963.

Camus, Albert. The Myth of Sisyphus, trans. Justin O’Brien. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1955. (google books)

Cheever, John. The Wapshot Scandal. New York: Harper & Row, 1964. (google books)

Cleland, John. Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Inc., 1963.

cummings, e.e.  73 Poems. New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc., 1963.

Deutsch, Babette. Collected Poems 1919-1962.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1963.

Donleavy, J. P.,  A Singular Man.  Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press-Little, Brown & Co., 1963. (google books)

Genet, Jean. Our Lady of the Flowers, trans. Bernard Frechtman. New York: Grove Press, 1963.

Harris, Frank. My Life and Loves. New York: Grove Press, 1963.

Hemingway, Ernest. A Moveable Feast. New York: Charles Scirbner’s Sons, 1964. (google books)

Hochhuth, Rolf. The Deputy, trans. Richard and Clara Winston. New York: Grove Press, 1964.

Howe, Irving. A World More Attractive. New York: Horizon Press, Inc., 1963.

Kermode, Frank.  “The Prime of Miss Muriel Spark.” In New Statesman, September 27, 1963.

Lessing, Doris. A Man and Two Women. New York: Simon and Schuster Inc., 1963.

Malamud, Bernard. Idiots First.  New York: Farrar, Straus & Co., Inc., 1963. (google books)

McCarthy, Mary.  The Group. New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc., 1963. (google books)

Miller, Arthur. After the Fall. New York: The Viking Press, Inc., 1964.  (google books)

Oates, Joyce Carol. By the North Gate. New York: The Vanguard Press, Inc., 1963.

Pritchett, V.S.  “The Harlot’s Progress.” In New York Review of Books, October 31, 1963.

Ransom, John Crowe. Selected Poems. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963.

Rawicz, Piotr. Blood from the Sky. New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc., 1964. (google books)

Richler, Mordecai. Stick Your Neck Out. New  York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1963.

Sartre, Jean-Paul.  Existentialism. New York: The Philosophical Library, Inc., 1947.

Sartre, Jean-Paul. Saint Genet. New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1963. (google books)

Spark, Muriel.  The Girls of Slender Means. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963. (google books)

Styron, William. “An Elegy for F. Scott Fitzgerald.” In New York Review of Books, November 28, 1963.

Turnbull, Andrew (ed.) The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald. New York: Charles Scirbner’s Sons, 1963.

Van Doren, Mark. Collected and New Poems 1924-1963. New York: Hill & Wang, Inc., 1963.

The Great Ideas Today, 1963: Literature bibliography

Saul Bellow wrote the yearly roundup in literature for 1963, and here is the bibliography:

Abel, Lionel. Metatheatre: A New View of Dramatic Form. New York: Hill & Wang, Inc., 1963

Baldwin, James. Another Country. New York: Dial Press, 1962

Baldwin, James. The Fire Next Time. New York: Dial Press, 1963

Bennett, Joseph. Luxury Cruise. New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1962

Betti, Ugo. Corruption in the Palace of Justice, in The New Theatre of Europe. New York: Dell Publishing Company, 1962

Betti, Ugo. Religion and the Theatre, in The New Theatre of Europe. New York: Dell Publishing Company, 1962

Bolt, Robert. A Man for All Seasons, in The New Theatre of Europe. New York: Dell Publishing Company, 1962

Burroughs, William S.. Naked Lunch. New York: Grove Press, 1962

Corrigan, Robert (ed.). The New Theatre of Europe. New York: Dell Publishing Company, 1962

Donleavy, James Patrick. The Ginger Man. New York: Medallion Books, Berkley Publishing Company

Friedman, Bruce Jay. Stern. New York: Simon and Schuster, Inc., 1962

Gover, Robert. One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding. New York: Grove Press, 1962

Grass, Gunter. The Tin Drum trans. By Ralph Manheim. New York: Pantheon Books, Inc., 1963

Heller, Erich. Thomas Mann: The Ironic German. Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, 1961

Jones, James. The Thin Red Line. New York: Charles Scirbner’s Sons, 1962

Mishima, Yukio. After the Banquet, trans. By Donald Keene. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963

Morris, Wright. What a Way to Go. New York: Atheneum Publishers, 1962

Nabokov, Vladimir. Pale Fire. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Inc., 1962

O’Brien, Flann. The Hard Life. New York: Pantheon Books, Inc., 1962

O’Hara, John. The Cape Cod Lighter. New York: Random House, 1962

Powers, J.F.. Morte D’Urban. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1962

Pratolini, Vasco. Two Brothers, trans. By Barbara Kennedy. New York: Orion Press, Inc., 1962

Roth, Philip. Letting Go. New York: Random House, 1962

Salinger, J.D.. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour, An Introduction. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1963

Silone, Ignazio. Bread and Wine, trans. By Harve Fergusson II. New York: Atheneum Publishers, 1962

Solzhenitsyn, Alexander. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, trans. By Ralph Parker. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1963

Svevo, Italo. The Confessions of Zeno, trans. By Beryl de Zoete. London: Martin Secker & Warburg, Ltd., 1962

Sypher, F. Wylie. Loss of the Self in Modern Literature and Art. New York: Random House, 1962

Tertz, Abram. The Icicle, in Fantastic Stories. New York: Pantheon Books, Inc., 1963

Updike, John. The Centaur. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963

Updike, John. Pigeon Feathers. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963

LIST: “The Year’s Developments in Literature,” from The Great Ideas Today 1962

Britannica’s The Great Ideas Today series contains plenty of interesting data that can give you a
sense of which books, authors, and ideas were making an impact on the intellectual discourse at the time. Here’s the bibliography of books discussed in Alfred Kazin’s review of the year’s developments in Literature for 1962. You’ll find some familiar names and several not-so-familiar names. Continue reading