3 Studies in Modern French Literature (Proust, Gide, and Mauriac) by J.M. Cocking, Enid Starkie and Martin Jarrett-Kerr is a 209-page softcover published by Yale University Press, September 1960. The cover has some creases and light surface age wear. Inside, the pages are lightly tanned but clean and no markings or highlighting. The condition is fair. This is a reader's copy.
J.M. Cocking presents a compact study of the autobiographical elements of Proust's fiction and an exploration of the French and English influences which helped him to refine his sensibility and clarify his ideas. He analyzes the conception and design of A la recherche du temps perdu with special attention to the manner in which Proust organizes and interconnects images to build up the complexity of feeling that gives this masterpiece its richness and depth. Enid Starkie discusses the themes and structure of Gide's great works and, with a clarity and apparent simplicity that only her intimate acquaintance with the author and her critical sympathy could achieve, presents the problems which Gide's literary and moral conscience had to face. Martin Jarrett-Kerr's study of Mauriac is the first critical assessment in English of this controversial Roman Catholic novelist. He examines the theological framework of Mauriac's novels and raises the question of the place of apologetics in his works. Together these three studies represent an important contribution to the understanding and appreciation of French literature in the twentieth century.