Eric Karpeles works as a painter and also as a writer on the intersection of visual imagery and language. He is the author of Paintings in Proust and translator, from the Italian original, of Proust’s Overcoat.
“P. S. I had my picture taken by a Mr. Breitenbach Tuesday.” Reading through One Art, a selection of Elizabeth Bishop’s letters claimed by its editor, Robert Giroux, to be tantamount to the poet’s autobiography, I came upon . . .
To have read Proust is considered to be a significant and increasingly necessary accomplishment. The almost disarming frequency of his appearance as a literary cultural icon suggests that one hundred years after he began to write À la recherche du . . .