Marcel Proust

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Marcel Proust


Born
in Auteuil, France
July 10, 1871

Died
November 18, 1922

Genre

Influences


French novelist, best known for his 3000 page masterpiece À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past or In Search of Lost Time), a pseudo-autobiographical novel told mostly in a stream-of-consciousness style. Born in the first year of the Third Republic, the young Marcel, like his narrator, was a delicate child from a bourgeois family. He was active in Parisian high society during the 80s and 90s, welcomed in the most fashionable and exclusive salons of his day. However, his position there was also one of an outsider, due to his Jewishness and homosexuality. Towards the end of 1890s Proust began to withdraw more and more from society, and although he was never entirely reclusive, as is sometimes made out, he lapsed more compl ...more

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“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
Marcel Proust

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Marcel Proust

“Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.”
Marcel Proust, Swann's Way

Polls

January 2018 New School Poll

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, 468 pages, 1996
 
  72 votes, 19.7%

Dubliners by James Joyce, 207 pages, 1914
 
  40 votes, 10.9%

On the Road by Jack Kerouac, 307 pages, 1957
 
  32 votes, 8.7%

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming, 181 pages, 1953
 
  27 votes, 7.4%

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, 127 pages, 1923
 
  24 votes, 6.6%

 
  22 votes, 6.0%

The Wreath (book one of Kristin Lavransdatter) by Sigrid Undset, 305 pages, 1920
 
  18 votes, 4.9%

Swann's Way by Marcel Proust, 468 pages, 1913
 
  17 votes, 4.6%

 
  16 votes, 4.4%

 
  15 votes, 4.1%

Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, 104 pages, 1941
 
  14 votes, 3.8%

The Sea Wolf by Jack London, 425 pages, 1904
 
  13 votes, 3.6%

 
  12 votes, 3.3%

Light in August by William Faulkner, 507 pages, 1932
 
  12 votes, 3.3%

 
  10 votes, 2.7%

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay, 189 pages, 1967
 
  9 votes, 2.5%

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious, 384 pages, 1956
 
  7 votes, 1.9%

The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace, 134 pages, 1905
 
  6 votes, 1.6%

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