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Marcel Proust and Swann's Way: 100th Anniversary
February 15 through April 28, 2013

Marcel Proust and his mother and brother Robert, ca. 1895.
Bibliotheque Nationale de France (BnF), Paris, France
© BnF, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY

Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time is one of the most influential and ambitious literary works of all time. The Morgan celebrates the 1913 publication of the first of its seven volumes, Swann's Way, with a fascinating selection of the author's notebooks, preliminary drafts, galley-proofs, and other documents from the collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. The works on display will provide unique insight into Proust's creative process and the birth of his masterpiece. Also on view will be period postcards with depictions of Illiers, which served as the inspiration for Proust's fictional town Combray, and Paris. Several letters between Proust and his mother, Jeanne, from the Morgan's collection, will be included.

The Bibliothèque nationale de France has prepared a video and album of images that provide a close look at several of Proust’s heavily-corrected galley sheets from a volume that is included in the exhibition. Guest curator Antoine Compagnon provides audio commentary. Visit the page »

Marcel Proust and Swann's Way: 100th Anniversary at The Morgan Library & Museum is organized by the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, with the participation of renowned Proust scholar Antoine Compagnon.

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This exhibition was made possible by the Recanati-Kaplan Foundation.
Generous support was provided by Air France, Jean-Marie and Elizabeth Eveillard, Hubert and Mireille Goldschmidt, the Institut français, the Y. A. Istel Foundation, and the Leonard and Elaine Silverstein Family Foundation.
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Related Programs:

Reading and Rereading Proust
Monday, March 4, 6:30 p.m.

La Captive
Friday, April 19, 7 p.m.

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Background images: Photography by Todd Eberle unless otherwise noted. © 2006 Todd Eberle.