Proust by Samuel Beckett 1st / 1st 1931


First edition and first print published by Chatto & Windus in 1931. This is a lovely near fine copy. The wrapper is very complete and is in very clean condition with very little if any marks. It has been price clipped and is mildly sunned to the spine with edgewear to the top of the spine. A couple of the corners of the book have been pushed otherwise it presents as near fine with very little other wear. Overall a near fine copy. 


Beckett wrote proust in the summer of 1930. The essay serves double duty as its author’s aesthetic and epistemological manifesto, proclaiming on behalf of its ostensible subject: “We cannot know and we cannot be known.” In dense and allusive language, Beckett credits his influences, notably Schopenhauer and Calderón, and forecasts his future preoccupations, reading them into the prose of Marcel Proust.


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