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14 days ago   |   By TLS

Marcel Proust died of complications from pneumonia on November 18, 1922, at the age of fifty-one. That night Jacques Rivière, one of Proust's earliest supporters and the first to understand the shadowy structure of À la recherche du temps perdu, wrote an impassioned and thoughtful obituary of his friend, weighing the incalculable loss to French literature. The manuscript version of this tribute is now to be seen among the thousand treasures on show at the Bibliothèque nationale de France , in its sumptous hommage to Proust on the hundredth anniversary of his death: Marcel Proust: La...
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