Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust

Born: July 10, 1871

Died: November 18, 1922

Nationality: French

Occupation: Author, novelist, essayist, critic

Biography: Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental À la recherche du temps perdu. It was published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927.

Source/Notes: In Search of Lost Time, Vol II: Within a Budding Grove (1919), Part 1
Source/Notes: Variant translation: "Our farthest-reaching resolutions are always made in a short-lived state of mind." - In Search of Lost Time, Vol. II: Within a Budding Grove [also translated as "In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower"] (1919)

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Source/Notes: In French: "En réalité, chaque lecteur est, quand il lit, le propre lecteur de soi-même. L’ouvrage de l’écrivain n’est qu’une espèce d’instrument optique qu’il offre au lecteur afin de lui permettre de discerner ce que, sans ce livre, il n’eût peut-être pas vu en soi-même." - In Search of Lost Time, Vol. VII (1927)

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Source/Notes: Marcel Proust, selected letters, 1880-1903 (1983 edition), HarperCollins - ISBN: 9780002118729
Source/Notes: pt.4. Cities of the plain. pt.5. The captive. pt.6. The sweet cheat gone. pt.7. The past recaptured (1934 edition)