Marcel Proust: À la recherche de temps perdu [Remembrance of Things Past]

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  • Marion Schmid (University of Edinburgh)

Marcel Proust’s monumental À la recherche du temps perdu[In Search of Lost Time] is universally recognised as one of the masterpieces of modernity, a milestone in the study of human consciousness and a revolution in the history of prose writing. Written over more than a decade and considerably altered by the outbreak of World War I and its author’s tragic experience of love and loss, it is a work of formidable complexity, both in its radically new conception of time and narrative and in its penetrating analysis of history, man and society. Classified successively as an “autofiction”, a novel of remembrance, a roman personnel [personal novel] and a …

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Schmid, Marion. "À la recherche de temps perdu". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 November 2005
[, accessed 06 July 2015.]