The Mysterious Correspondent

Pages: 144
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

The Mysterious Correspondent

New Stories

Marcel Proust

Translated by Charlotte Mandell
9781786079244 (3 Jun 2021)
RRP £16.99 / US$24.99

The Book

Newly discovered stories from one of the great storytellers of the twentieth century

Throughout Proust's life, nine of his short stories remained unseen - the writer never spoke of them. Why did he choose not to publish them along with the others? One possible answer is that he was developing his themes in preparation for his masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time; another is that the stories were too audacious - too near to life - for the censorious society of the time.

In these stories, published here for the first time, we find an intimate picture of a young author full of darkness and melancholy, longing to reveal his true self to the world. 

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 144
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Marcel Proust (1871-1922) is considered one of the most influential novelists of the twentieth century. The stories that make up The Mysterious Correspondent were written when the author was still in his twenties, before his masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time, came to be seen as one of the pre-eminent works of French literature.


‘revelatory… offers a lush and emotionally raw view into [Proust's] evolution as a writer. The nine entries, annotated by footnotes, address topics such as love and suffering, homosexuality, and, of course, time lost and regained… The stories have plenty of scholarly appeal, but they are elegant on their own… Each tale features exquisite moments with expert annotations from Friasse. This volume is a fantastic discovery.'

- Publisher's Weekly, starred review

'To think that this treasure might have remained hidden in the shadows of the archives…'

- Le Figaro Littéraire

'A hundred years after his Prix Goncourt, the author of In Search of Lost Time returns, stronger than ever!'

- Le Point

'The dramatic birth of a writer destined for greatness'

- Les Inrockuptibles