Drawing on his experiences as a photographer and author, Brassai discovered a neglected aspect of Proust's interests, offering a study of the role of photography both in Proust's oeuvre and in early 20th-century culture. This translation features photographs from Brassai's High Society series.
Brassai (born Gyula Halasz, 1899-1984) was a photographer, journalist, and author of photographic monographs and literary works, including Letters to My Parents and Conversations with Picasso, both published by the University of Chicago Press. Richard Howard, a professor at the School of the Arts at Columbia University, is an award-winning poet and translator. His translations include books by Gide, Cocteau, Giraudoux, De Beauvoir, Barthes, Cioran, and Proust, and Baudelaire's Fleurs du Mal, for which he received the American Book Award.