Tuesday, March 26, 2013

News at Eleven: Here is the first known poem by [Marcel] Proust,

written when he was 17, that shows him struggling with his homosexual urges. The poem is dedicated to his friend Daniel Halévy, and he wrote to him in a letter: "Don't treat me as a pederast, that wounds me. Morally I'm trying, if only out of a sense of elegance, to remain pure." The poem is titled "Pederasty."


Translated by Richard Howard

To Daniel Halévy

from The Daily Beast: Marcel Proust's First Poem, 'Pederasty,' Shows Him Struggling With Homosexuality


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