Marcel Proust

How to Celebrate Marcel Proust’s Birthday

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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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Read the First Poems of 10 Famous Poets

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In conjunction with the recent publication of a new, gorgeous dual-language edition of The Collected Poems of Marcel Proust, this morning The Daily Beast shared the first poem ever written by Marcel Proust (as far as anyone knows). The poem, penned when the legendary author was a mere 17 years old, reflects his struggle with homosexuality and his blossoming talent. After the jump, read Proust’s debut poem and a collection of nine other of the earliest known verses of now famous poets. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know about it in the comments.
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