George D. Painter

George Duncan Painter OBE (5 June 1914 – 8 December 2005), [1] known as George D. Painter , was an English author most famous as a biographer of Marcel Proust .

Painter was born in Birmingham , England. His father was a schoolmaster, and his mother was an artist. [1] He studied classics at Trinity College, Cambridge , and later in Latin at the University of Liverpool for one year. From 1938 until World War II and after the war, he took a position as deputy curator of the British Museum ‘s incunabula department.

His two-volume biography of Proust was published in 1959 and 1965. According to Miron Grindea , this was “rightly greeted as one of the great achievements in literary history”, [2] and it is still widely considered to be one of the finest Literary biographies in English language. [2] Its second volume won the Duff Cooper Prize . [1] His later work Chateaubriand: Volume 1 – The Longed-For Tempests was awarded the 1977 James Tait Black Memorial Prize .

In popular culture

  • His poem “The Lobster” was adapted into a song by the English folk-rock band Fairport Convention , on their self-titled debut album .

Bibliography

  • 1951: André Gide : a critical and biographical study [4] London: Arthur Barker
    • Revised and enlarged. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (1968)
    • Translations into French (1968) and Italian (1969)
  • 1951: The Road to Sinodun a winter and summer Monodrama (poems) [4] London: Rupert Hart-Davis
  • 1953: André Gide : Marshlands and Prometheus Misbound: [4] two satires . London: Secker & Warburg (translation)
  • 1956: Marcel Proust: Letters to his Mother (translation) [4] London: Rider
  • 1959: Marcel Proust : a biography . Flight. 1. [4] London: Chatto & Windus, ISBN 0701110007
  • 1965: Marcel Proust : a biography . Flight. 2. [4] London: Chatto & Windus
    • Translations into German (1962 & 1968), Italian (1965), French (1966), Polish (1972)
  • 1965: The Vinland Map and the Tartar Relationship (with RA Skelton and Thomas E. Marston). New Haven: Yale University Press. Painter contributed: The Tartar Relation , edited, with introduction, translation and commentary; The Tartar Relation and the Vinland Map: an interpretation (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995. ISBN 0300065205 )
  • 1976: William Caxton : a quincentenary biography of England’s first printer . London: Chatto & Windus, ISBN 070112198X
  • 1977: Chateaubriand : a biography; Flight. 1: 1768-93; The longed-for tempests . London: Chatto & Windus, ISBN 0394426584

References

  1. ^ Jump up to:a b c Hayman, Ronald (2005-12-05). “George Painter: Writer whose life of Proust became the standard work” . The Guardian . Retrieved 2007-07-31 .
  2. Jump up^ Grindea, Miron (1972, Vol.37, Nos. 364-366), “The Stuff of which Legends are Made”,ADAM International Review.
  3. Jump up^ Smith, Dinitia (2000-04-13) “Why Proust And Why Now?”,The New York Times.
  4. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e f Details from a copy of Marcel Proust: a biography , London: Chatto and Windus (1959) – no ISBN

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