Lit Forum to feature Hammond and Proust’s ‘Swann’s Way’

November 27, 2015
By Marcy Shortuse

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The Literature Forum inaugurated its 2015-2016 season on November 12 with an excellent presentation of Eudora Welty’s novella, “The Ponder Heart.” The discussion was ably led by David Jenkins, a veteran Literature Forum presenter and participant, and was dedicated to Bob Shandorf, the loyal Forum member and presenter who died unexpectedly last summer. Bob was an enthusiastic fan of the works of Eudora Welty, and in fact had chosen “The Ponder Heart”as the season opener.
The next meeting will take place on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. in the Woman’s Club Room of the Community Center.
Former French literature professor Davis Hammond will guide the group through Part One (Combray) of Marcel Proust’s “Swann’s Way,” an integral part of his pseudo-autobiographical masterwork, “In Search of Lost Time.” Written in a stream-of-consciousness style, it is considered one of the most entertaining reading experiences in any language and one of the finest novels of the 20th century.
Davis Hammond recommends the Modern Library edition translated by Moncrieff and Kilmartin and revised by Enright. For those wishing to read the French original, he suggests Pleiade’s edition of “A la recherché du temps perdu – Vol. I, Premiere Partie (Combray).”
This is certain to be an intellectually stimulating experience for all who are able to attend.