About Roger Shattuck


Roger Shattuck was a distinguished scholar, writer and literary critic, perhaps best known for his studies on French literature, culture and Proust.


After serving time in the Army Air Force during WW II and later, finishing his bachelor's degree at Yale, Shattuck moved to Paris. It was in France that he developed his interest and love for French culture, and where he met his wife Nora White, a dancer for the Les Ballets Russes des Monte Carlo and Le Ballet de Paris.


He published his first book, The Banquet Years: The Origins of the Avant-Garde in France, 1885 to WW I in 1958, after moving back to New York. The book was overwhelmingly well-received, and he went on to publish several books of literary criticism as well as several definitive texts on Proust. His biography of Proust won the National Book Award in 1975. A series of books and articles analyzing Proust's novel became pivotal works for all serious readers of Proust.


Despite his lack of a graduate degree, Shattuck taught at Harvard, the University of Texas, the University of Virginia and Boston University, from which he retired in 1997. He was a founding member of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics and continued to write reviews and publish well into his retirement. He passed away in December 2005.


Thanks to the generosity of the Shattuck family The Center for Fiction is now home to much of Roger Shattuck's personal library and papers.



Roger Shattuck Bibliography

The Banquet Years: The Origins of the Avant-Garde in France, 1885 to World War I (1958)


Proust's Binoculars (1963)


Marcel Proust (1975) [won National Book Award Arts & Letters prize in 1975]


Half Tame (1964)


The Forbidden Experiment: The Story of the Wild Boy of Aveyron (1980)


Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography (1994)


Candor and Perversion: Literature, Education, and the Arts (1998)


Proust's Way: A Field Guide to In Search of Lost Time (2000)


The Innocent Eye: On Modern Literature and the Arts (2003)