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2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Du côté de chez Swann (Swann’s Way), the first part of Marcel Proust’s lengthy literary masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time, long known as Remembrance of Things Past. This exhibition traces a lifetime of writing, through books and manuscripts, from Proust’s early publications while he was still in school and to his first attempt at a novel. It also explores his aesthetic and stylistic development through his study and translations of works by John Ruskin, and to the all-consuming adventure of A la recherche du temps perdu, which occupied the author from 1908 until his death in 1922.
The exhibition is curated by Caroline Szylowicz, the Kolb-Proust Librarian and Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at The Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The library's Proust collections are the most extensive in North America, with over 1100 letters from Marcel Proust, as well as manuscript and proof pieces, Proust's printed works, and a comprehensive collection of secondary sources. To learn more about these holdings, as well as Proust himself, please visit the website of the Kolb-Proust Archive for Research.