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July 10, 2009

10  July 1871: French psychological novelist Marcel Proust was born.  He is best known as the author of Á la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time), the expansive (roughly 3,200 pages in seven volumes) novel that seems to top the list of should-have-read books of readers around the globe.

Admittedly, I have not yet read Prout but he seems to come up in much of what I have read (well, listened to) recently.  I recently finished the audio book Proust Was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer (often featured on Radio Lab which is swiftly becoming a theme of Today in Literature posts) and a short story read by Jonathan Franzen written by Veronica Geng called “Love Trouble is My Business” that cleverly juxtaposes Proust with Ronald Reagan.  One, also, cannot forget Little Miss Sunshine featuring a Proust scholar played by Steve Carell.  Proust seems to be everywhere!

To celebrate his birthday, I suggest you whip up some madeleines and go to town on some difficult French prose.

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