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How to Celebrate Marcel Proust’s Birthday

Marcel Proust — or Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust, if you want to get technical — was born on this day in 1871. And even though there is really no such thing as a bad time to celebrate his life and work, this year is a tad more special than others, since 2013 happens to be the centennial celebration of Swann’s Way, the first volume in Proust’s extremely long life’s work, In Search of Lost Time.

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As the above photo shows, Proust may or may not be one of the earliest air guitarists ever caught on camera. It’s stuff like that that makes the author more than just a French guy that wrote a classic novel that clocks in at over 4000 pages.