Marcel Proust

Standard Name: Proust, Marcel
French novelist, whose novel sequence A la recherche du temps perdu, published between 1913 and 1927, blends memory, invention, and psychological study of the human response to time passing. It has been almost immeasurably influential.


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Education Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
She read voraciously, preferring writers with the geographical rootedness which she herself lacked: George Eliot , Thomas Hardy , Charles Dickens , and from beyond the English tradition Marcel Proust , James Joyce , Henry James
Family and Intimate relationships Ada Leverson
AL 's three sisters all married socially prominent Jewish husbands.
Burkhart, Charles. Ada Leverson. Twayne.
The youngest, Violet , married art collector and patron Sydney Schiff ; their circle included Wyndham Lewis , T. S. Eliot , Katherine Mansfield , and Proust .
Speedie, Julie. Wonderful Sphinx: The Biography of Ada Leverson. Virago.
Family and Intimate relationships Anne Stevenson
She found motherhood a struggle. She tried to keep up her serious reading (James , Hardy , Proust ) while breast-feeding, and to serve an elegant candlelit supper each evening while the baby cried...
Fictionalization Germaine de Staël
Benjamin Constant , formerly the lover of GS , represented her in his novel Adolphe as a woman whose mind was the most wide-ranging of any woman ever, and perhaps of any man,
Kobak, Annette. “Mme de Staël and Fanny Burney”. The Burney Journal, Vol.
, pp. 12-35.
Friends, Associates Vernon Lee
Back in Italy after the end of the First World War, VL continued to read widely. She returned to Dante , Shakespeare , and Goethe . She introduced herself to newer writings on philosophy, science...
Friends, Associates Violet Trefusis
The Princesse hosted a salon at 57 Avenue Henri-Martin attended by Anna de Noailles , Cocteau , Paul Valéry , and Proust , who incorporated some of his perceptions of the gatherings into A la...
Intertextuality and Influence Anita Desai
AD 's work weaves together a wide range of cultural and literary references: the Mahabharata and the Bhagavadgîtâ, as well as such European authors as E. M. Forster , T. S. Eliot , Dickinson
Intertextuality and Influence Iris Murdoch
Her omnivorous reading during the last year of her degree included the major modern novelists, notably including Proust and Woolf (the darling dangerous woman who made her feel quite incapable of writing anything straight...
Intertextuality and Influence Anita Brookner
Again the protagonist, Kitty Maule, has a mixed national heritage: French/Russian and English. Again she is emotionally impoverished though academically successful; again she falls in love with a charismatic and unattainable man, Maurice Bishop. His...
Intertextuality and Influence Anita Brookner
The daughter has found a notebook after her mother's death, but it contains very little information. Her opening sentence fully reveals the inadequacy of her knowledge. My mother read a lot, sighed a lot, and...
Intertextuality and Influence Pamela Hansford Johnson
The novelist-narrator, Christine Jackson (whom PHJ says she based on herself), looks back from the present day on her young life in Clapham in the 1920s. Her work as a shorthand-typist, her aspirations to be...
Intertextuality and Influence Pamela Hansford Johnson
Each takes as its central character a personage from Proust , and for each PHJinvents a fresh yet perfectly harmonious setting for the scene: thus Mme Verdurin is shown entertaining the Germans in 1941...
Literary responses Ivy Compton-Burnett
During the early part of ICB 's career she was little regarded or understood. Raymond Mortimer was one of the first to perceive her quality, and she quickly began to attract the attention of younger...
Literary responses Muriel Spark
Her friend Graham Greene hastened to offer his usual compliment of best-since-Memento Mori—this time after reading only the first three pages.
Greene, Graham. Graham Greene. A Life in Letters. Editor Greene, Richard, Alfred A. Knopf.
Claire Tomalin called it a novel about a hate affair...
Literary responses Daphne Du Maurier
Rebecca was DDM 's best known work, earning her massive profits, and it has become one of the most widely read novels of all time.
Kelly, Richard. Daphne du Maurier. Twayne.
The Times Literary Supplement reviewer wrote: In its kind...


1928: Edwin Muir published The Structure of the...

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Edwin Muir published The Structure of the Novel.

1946: Critic Erich Auerbach published, in German,...

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Critic Erich Auerbach published, in German, the influential study which became in its English translation, 1953, Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature. He wrote it at Istanbul, as a Jewish refugee...

By July 1955: Françoise Sagan, aged eighteen, repeated...

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By July 1955

Françoise Sagan , aged eighteen, repeated in England the previous year's sensational success in France of her novelBonjour Tristesse: the English version was by Irene Ash .


Proust, Marcel. À L’Ombre des Jeunes Filles en Fleurs. Gallimard, 1919.
Proust, Marcel. Albertine Disparue. Éditions de la Nouvelle Revue Française, 1925.
Proust, Marcel. By Way of Sainte-Beuve. Translator Warner, Sylvia Townsend, Chatto and Windus, 1958.
Proust, Marcel. Du Côté de Chez Swann. 1913.
Proust, Marcel. La Prisonnière. Éditions de la Nouvelle Revue Française, 1923.
Proust, Marcel. Le Côté de Guermantes. Gallimard, 1920.
Proust, Marcel. Le Côté de Guermantes II (Sodome et Gomorrhe I). Éditions de la Nouvelle Revue Française, 1921.
Proust, Marcel. Le Temps Retrouvé. Éditions de la Nouvelle Revue Française, 1927.
Proust, Marcel. Les Plaisirs et les Jours. 1896.
Proust, Marcel. Sodome et Gomorrhe. Éditions de la Nouvelle Revue Française, 1922.