antcoverANT: Collected Short Stories, War Serials, and Selected Poems of C. K. Scott Moncrieff
Edited by Jean Findlay

ISBN: 978-1-910895-00-9
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Price: £15
Release date: May 2015

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Known above all for his translations of Proust, Charles Scott Moncrieff also had his own poetry, short stories, and war serials regularly published in literary periodicals. Here for the first time is a collection of these, put together with an introduction by Jean Findlay, author of Chasing Lost Time – the life of C.K. Scott Moncrieff, Soldier, Spy and Translator (Chatto and Windus 2014, Vintage 2015, Farrar Strauss and Giroux 2015)

T. S. Eliot edited a literary magazine called the Criterion, and in 1926 he published short stories by C. K. Scott Moncrieff.  These have not been published again until now, nearly a hundred years later.  ANT is the name of another short story and is the title of this collection, because C. K. Scott Moncrieff was always disconcerted about the fact that the titles of his translations of Proust were too long to fit comfortably on the spine of a book.  ANT fits beautifully, even horizontally. He was ant-like in his literary industry and his poems, war serials and stories are a taste of a time past, lost and regained.  In June 2015 the Times Literary Supplement wrote playfully of ANT, “Why not translate  Scott Moncrieff into French?”

Read some reviews here.

Praise for Chasing Lost Time

“A fascinating read. After all these years, Scott Moncrieff can step out of the shadows.”The Economist

“Our canon of war poetry might benefit from including some of Moncrieff’s light war poetry.”The Oxonian Review

“Scott Moncrieff is more Proustian than Proust himself.” – A. N. Wilson, The Times Literary Supplement

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