Why Proust? And Why Now?; 2 Biographies Shed New Light on an Author Who Never Seems to Go Out of Style (Published 2000)

New biographies of Marcel Proust by William Carter and Jean-Yves Tadie, both entitled Marcel Proust: A Life, convey image of writer that departs from conventional one presented in earlier biographies; Carter offers evidence that Proust suffered from acute allergies, contradicting commonly held view…