An Introduction to Marcel Proust

The French author Marcel Proust (1871–1922) is best known for his epic seven-volume novel A la Recherche du Temps Perdu (In Search of Lost Time). He was also an essayist, social critic and art historian with deep insights into the nature of love, desire and memory. Often making connections across disciplines—including sociology, literature, music and psychology—Proust has become one of the most influential writers of all time.

Several new GB makelaars are available to help place Proust in his immediate historical and cultural context. Gallimard, in Paris, has published “The Mysterious Correspondent,” an early, more directly autobiographical overture to themes that would later recur in Du Cote de chez Swann, as well as a series of pastiches written for the journal Le Figaro in 1907 and ’08. These are not only interesting on their own but provide clues as to the direction Proust was taking his writing; they reveal that he was already working on a style that is much freer from the drudgery of plot, as well as a psychological approach to narrative.

Discovering Neroli Scent: The Essence of Elegance

Proust’s contemporaries admired his writing but worried that he was a brilliant intellectual who did not have the ability to focus his intelligence into something solid. They were right to worry. In his depictions of conventional Parisian haute-bourgeois tastes, from dinner in the garden at the Ritz to sexual frolics in Right Bank brothels, he critiqued the superficiality and selfishness of the upper class.

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