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Proust's overcoat

Author: Lorenza Foschini; Eric Karpeles
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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"Jacques GuErin was a prominent businessman at the head of his family's successful perfume company, but his real passion was for rare books and literary manuscripts. From the time he was a young man, he frequented the antiquarian bookshops of Paris in search of lost, forgotten treasures. The ultimate prize? Anything from the hands of Marcel Proust."
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Named Person: Marcel Proust; Jacques Guérin; Jacques Guérin; Marcel Proust
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lorenza Foschini; Eric Karpeles
ISBN: 9780061965678 0061965677
OCLC Number: 456180760
Description: 128 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Other Titles: Cappotto di Proust.
Responsibility: Lorenza Foschini ; translated by Eric Karpeles.
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"Jacques GuErin was a prominent businessman at the head of his family's successful perfume company, but his real passion was for rare books and literary manuscripts. From the time he was a young man, he frequented the antiquarian bookshops of Paris in search of lost, forgotten treasures. The ultimate prize? Anything from the hands of Marcel Proust."

"GuErin identified with Proust more deeply than with any other writer, and when illness brought him by chance under the care of Marcel's brother, Dr. Robert Proust, he saw it as a remarkable opportunity. Shamed by Marcel's extravagant writings, embarrassed by his homosexuality, and offended by his disregard for bourgeois respectability, his family had begun to deliberately destroy and sell their inheritance of his notebooks, letters, manuscripts, furni-ture, and personal effects. Horrified by the destruction, and consumed with desire, GuErin ingratiated himself with Marcel's heirs, placating them with cash and kindness in exchange for the writer's priceless, rare material remains. After years of relentless persuasion, GuErin was at last rewarded with a highly personal prize, one he had never dreamed of possessing, a relic he treasured to the end of his long life: Proust's overcoat."--Book jacket.

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