Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Marcel Proust's Swann's Way!


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Marcel Proust: The Collected Poems

Tuesday April 9, 2013
07:00 pm

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Part Two





For the 100th Anniversary of Swann's Way, Penguin will publish the most complete volume of Marcel Proust’s poetry ever assembled in a gorgeous dual-language deluxe edition edited by Harold Augenbraum with

new translations by 19 renowned poets and translators. The founder of the Proust Society here at The Center, Augenbraum discussed Proust’s poems with critic and poet, Adam Kirsch. Kirsch received The Center’s Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism in 2010.


Harold Augenbraum is Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards. He has published seven books on Latino literature of the United States, including Growing Up Latino (1993, with Ilan Stavans), The Latino Reader (1997, with Margarite Fernández-Olmos), U.S. Latino Literature: A Critical Guide for Students and Teachers (2000, with Margarite Fernández-Olmos), the Encyclopedia Latina (2006, with Ilan Stavans), Lengua Fresca (2006, with Ilan Stavans) and, with five colleagues, the Norton Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature (2010). He translated Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca’s Chronicle of the Narváez Expedition (2002), the Filipino novelist José Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere (2006) for Penguin Classics, and Rizal’s second novel, El Filibusterismo (2011). In September, the University of Texas Press published his co-translation (with Ilan Stavans) of The Plain in Flames by Juan Rulfo and, on March 26th of this year, Penguin published his edition of The Collected Poems of Marcel Proust.  

Augenbraum has been awarded ten grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, received a Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America for distinguished service to the mystery field, founded the Proust Society of America, and co-directed the national celebration of the centennial of the birth of John Steinbeck. He has taught U.S. Latino literature at Amherst College and often speaks and writes on the future of literary reading and publishing. His most recent article was “In Praise of the Obsessive Reader: An Exercise in Taxonomy”, which he calls “a fake essay”, which appeared in “Ascent” magazine in April, 2011.


Adam Kirsch is an American poet and literary critic. He is an editor at The New Republic and a columnist for Tablet Magazine. He writes regularly for The New YorkerThe Times Literary Supplement, and other magazines. His most recent book, Why Trilling Matters, was published in 2011. He is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Invasions. He is also the author of The Wounded Surgeon: Confession and Transformation in Six American Poets (2005) and The Modern Element: Essays on Contemporary Poetry (2008).