Autumn 1963 • Vol. XXV No. 4 Book Reviews |

The Art of Optics

Pamela Hansford Johnson THE ART OF OPTICS PROUST'S BINOCULARS by Roger Shattuck. Random House, $3.95. THE MAGIC LANTERN OF MARCEL PROUST by Howard Moss. Macmillan, $3.50. I SHOULD ONCE HAVE SAID, WITH some reluctance, that Proust's work lends itself more readily to the romantic, or "intuitive," critic rath- er than to the textual analyst, simply because it is so extremely explicit. A la recherche du temps perdu is both a novel and a criti- cism of that novel. A good many critics have flinched from tackling it on the grounds that there ap- pears to be nothing much left un- said by the author himself, and thus the field has been left open to the detective biographers, intent on adding up who, combined with whom, represents X. We have had, as I have said before, an em- barras de duchesses. (From this complaint I disassociate the work of Mr. George Painter, whose bio- graphy, part two of which is due shortly, seems to me as definitive as anything will be for some time to come.) Yet the

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By Harvey Curtis Webster

Pamela Hansford Johnson THE ART OF OPTICS PROUST'S BINOCULARS by Roger Shattuck. Random House, $3.95. THE MAGIC LANTERN OF MARCEL PROUST by Howard Moss. Macmillan, $3.50. I SHOULD ONCE HAVE […]

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