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

December 2016 New School Classic Poll

 
  60 votes, 21.2%

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  46 votes, 16.3%

 
  35 votes, 12.4%

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, 432 pgs, 1995
 
  34 votes, 12.0%

Swann's Way by Marcel Proust, 468 pgs, 1913
 
  26 votes, 9.2%

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  17 votes, 6.0%

Queer by William S. Burroughs, 160 pgs, 1985
 
  15 votes, 5.3%

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  14 votes, 4.9%

 
  12 votes, 4.2%

The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford, 368 pgs, 1915
 
  10 votes, 3.5%

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  10 votes, 3.5%

 
  4 votes, 1.4%

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