Famous Authors: Marcel Proust [VHS]
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(Jul 30, 2002)
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Marcel Proust was born in Paris to wealthy bourgeois parents. Though he became ambitiously involved in the Parisian social scene as a young man, he gradually withdrew after the deaths of his parents, focusing instead on his writng. In 1912, the first volume of his most famous work, Remembrance of Things Past (A la recherche du temps perdu) - a seven volume novel based on Proust's own life - was published at his own expense with little success. The next volumes of this work, however, secured his international fame. This allegorical tale occupied the closing years of Proust's life; the last three parts were published posthumously, without his final revisions. Remembrance of Things Past remains one of the greatest accomplishments of modern fiction; its insights into the innermost experiences of human life have influenced and inspired generations of writers and thinkers.
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