Adam Watt

Adam Watt is Associate Professor in French at the University of Exeter. Born in Edinburgh, he gained his doctorate at the University of Oxford under the supervision of the late Proust expert Malcolm Bowie. He is author of Reading in Proust’s ‘A la recherche’: ‘le délire de la lecture’ (Oxford University Press, 2009); The Cambridge Introduction to Marcel Proust (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Marcel Proust (Reaktion Books, ‘Critical Lives’, forthcoming April 2013).
What to Read in 2013: Classics by Marcel Proust and Giorgio Bassani
To mark the launch of ongoing book discussions on this website, we dedicate an hour to ideas for neglected classics to read in 2013. Proust scholar Adam Watt makes the case for Swann’s Way, the first volume of In Search of Lost Time, published 100 years ago in 1913, and poet Jamie McKendrick enthuses about The Gold-Rimmed Spectacles, a too little-known 1958 novella by Italian Giorgio Bassani that he has just translated. Will you too be daunted by what you have heard about Marcel Prou...