The Double Life of Proust Translator C.K. Scott Moncrieff

March 13, 2015 1:23 AM

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The Double Life of Proust Translator C.K. Scott Moncrieff

Almost a decade ago, writer Jean Findlay found herself at home with two young sons, casting about for a new project. Her mother produced a worn leather suitcase filled with the letters, diaries and poems of Ms. Findlay’s great-great uncle, the man known to his relatives as “C.K.”

“C.K.” was Charles Kenneth Scott Moncrieff, best known as the translator whose Herculean rendering of Marcel Proust’s 1.2-million-word “In Search of Lost Time” introduced English-speaking readers to a reflection on time, love, perception and memory.

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