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Raise a Toast to Marcel proust

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 "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."

- Marcel Proust


One of the most profound thinkers and writers of his time, French writer and essayist, Marcel Proust was born on July 10, 1871 in Auteuil in France. Most famous for his work titled In Search for Lost Time, his other works include Pleasures and Days, Swann's way, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, The Guermantes Way, Sodom and Gomorrah, The Prisoner, The Fugitive, Pastiches and Mixtures, Jean Santeuil, Against Sainte Beuve, and Time Regained. His father, Achille Adrien Proust was a pathologist and epidemiologist responsible for combatting the spead of cholera in Europe and Asia. His mother, Jeanne Clemence Weil was a well-read woman who encouraged the young Proust's interest in John Ruskin's works. He attended Lycee Condorcet.


Proust began to write at a very early age. He worked at Bibliothèque Mazarine as a volunteer. This stint at France's oldest library was the only time he worked. His lack of discipline obstructed his intitial writings. He lived with his parents all his life. Graham Greene regarded him as the 'greatest novelist of the 20th century'. Somerset Maugham regarded In Search of Lost Time as the 'greatest fiction to date'. Proust died on November 18, 1922.

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