A Website Celebrating the Life and Works of Marcel Proust


proust online — A self-paced course

Join renowned Proust biographer William C. Carter as he guides you through In Search of Lost Time. Read the novel and enjoy the lectures on your own schedule. 30 multimedia lectures with reading assignments, supplementary files, and live webcams. Subscribers have a lifetime membership with unlimited access to the lectures.

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We will read in its entirety Proust’s masterpiece In Search of Lost Time, which offers a vast panorama of French culture and society from 1870-1922. We will enjoy seeing what Proust has to say about painting, music, society, bad habits, nerves, cruelty, fashion, war, sex, jealousy, dreams, and, most of all, about art, memory, love, and time.

The Proust Boutique

We are launching a boutique with unique products of our own designs: Proust t-shirts, Proust totes, Proust mugs, and photographs of places that Proust loved and that inspired many passages in his novel and other writings. Nic’s photographs include Illiers-Combray, the Jardin Marcel Proust, and Illiers environs; Paris, Cabourg (the Balbec of Marcel Proust), and Venice.

Was Proust captured on film at a wedding in 1904?

An article published by scholar Jean-Pierre Sirois-Trahan brings to our attention rare film footage showing family members and guests leaving the 1904 wedding of Elaine Greffulhe and the Duc de Guiche. Among those descending the staircase is a man who bears a striking resemblance to Marcel Proust. Proust's presence at the wedding is well documented. Unfortunately, we cannot see the man's eyes and hair but many prominent Proustian are now convinced that he is indeed Marcel Proust.

Photographing Literary Landscapes: Marcel Proust's France

The scenes depicted by Proust in the novel captivate his readers so much that many travel to visit the places that inspired him. I admire a writer’s ability to see a real object or place and make it visible to others through words. By using photography, I can return to the location that inspired the writer and capture the same landscapes as they continue to exist in time. The resulting juxtaposition of reality and art is a phenomenon that I find endlessly fascinating.  Photographs by Nicolas Drogoul.

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