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Collection of Marcel Proust papers

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Madame Robert Proust gathering of Marcel Proust materials (acquired through Henri Lefebvre)

Proust to Bibesco (Proust 1)

Proust and Hauser Correspondence (Proust 2 and 2A)

Proust to Grandjean, Lauris, and others (Proust 3)

Proust to Goyau, Daudet, Montesquiou-Fezensac, and others (Proust 4)

Correspondence to Proust (Proust 5)

Items by Proust (Proust 6-Proust 86)

Montesquiou-Fezensac to Proust (Montesquiou 2-6)

Correspondence from Walter Berry to Marcel Proust (Proust 87)

Additional Accruals (Proust 88-93)

Proust's milieu

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Title: Collection of Marcel Proust papers, 1870-1950Add to your cart.

ID: 01/01/MSS00045

Primary Creator: Proust, Marcel (1871-1922)

Extent: 12.0 Cubic Feet

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Madame Robert Proust gathering of Marcel Proust materials (acquired through Henri Lefebvre)

Series 2: Proust to Bibesco (Proust 1)

Series 3: Proust and Hauser Correspondence (Proust 2 and 2A)

-Subseries 1: LH (Hauser to Proust--Proust 2)

-Subseries 2: Hauser (Proust to Hauser--Proust 2A)

Series 4: Proust to Grandjean, Lauris, and others (Proust 3)

Series 5: Proust to Goyau, Daudet, Montesquiou-Fezensac, and others (Proust 4)

Series 6: Correspondence to Proust (Proust 5)

Series 7: Items by Proust (Proust 6-Proust 86)

Series 8: Montesquiou-Fezensac to Proust (Montesquiou 2-6)

Series 9: Correspondence from Walter Berry to Marcel Proust (Proust 87)

Series 10: Additional Accruals (Proust 88-93)

-Subseries 1: Correspondence with Blanche, Daudet, Dreyfus, Lemaire, and Schiff to Marcel Proust (Proust 88-92)

-Subseries 2: September 2013 accrual (Proust 93)

Series 11: Proust's milieu

-Subseries 1: Jacques Brehant and Amelie Bessiere

-Subseries 2: Friends and acquaintances writing for newspapers

-Subseries 3: Comtesse Greffulhe

-Subseries 4: George Boyer

-Subseries 5: Mary Wooster

-Subseries 6: Francois Selz collection of Leon Pierre-Quint and Henri de Montherlant

-Subseries 7: Pierre-Quint manuscripts

-Subseries 8: Fragiles

-Subseries 9: Daudet family

Languages: French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Papers of the French novelist Marcel Proust provides a look at the man and his times. Proust had a large and varied number of correspondents, and his letters include an important source of information about Parisian life and French culture at the turn of the century. Includes published and unpublished manuscripts, documents and letters about the Dreyfus Affair, John Ruskin, and the nature and function of literary criticism.

Biographical Note

Born July 10, 1871 in Auteuil, France, a suburb of Paris, to wealthy parents Dr. Adrien Proust and Jeanne Weil. A nervous and frail child, he suffered from severe asthma.  He completed one year of military service, then studied law and philosophy.  He published his first works, Portraits de Peintres and Plaisirs et les Jours, in 1896. Proust's unpublished works from this period, Jean Santeuil and Contre Sainte-Beuve, were discovered in the 1950s.

His earliest love affairs, which had been heterosexual, changed later into homosexual affairs.  To the age of 35 Proust lived the life of a social climber in the Paris salons, although he worked for a short time as a lawyer and was also active in the Dreyfuss affair.

During 1899 he became interested in the works of the English critic John Ruskin (1819-1900), and after Ruskin's death the next year, Proust published an article that established him as a Ruskin scholar. Proust wrote several more articles on Ruskin, and with the help of an English-speaking friend, Marie Nordlinger, and his mother, Proust translated into French Ruskin's The Bible of Amiens (1904) and Sesame and Lilies (1906).

When Proust's father died in 1903 and his mother in 1905, he withdrew gradually from society, living in a sound-proof apartment and devoting himself chiefly to writing and introspection. In 1913 Proust published the first of his seven part major work, A la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past). The second volume appeared in 1919 and won the Goncourt Prize, and the next parts made him internationally famous.  He worked on his novel from 1909 until the end of life.

Died November 18, 1922 in Paris, France of bronchitis and pneumonia, contracted after a series of asthma attacks.  The final volumes of his novel appeared under the direction of his brother Robert.

In his own lifetime, the merit of Proust's novel was debated by those who perceived its brilliance and those who claimed it was unreadable. Today it is recognized as one of the major literary works of the Western canon.

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Illinois Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers.

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[Series 1: Madame Robert Proust gathering of Marcel Proust materials (acquired through Henri Lefebvre)],
[Series 2: Proust to Bibesco (Proust 1)],
[Series 3: Proust and Hauser Correspondence (Proust 2 and 2A)],
[Series 4: Proust to Grandjean, Lauris, and others (Proust 3)],
[Series 5: Proust to Goyau, Daudet, Montesquiou-Fezensac, and others (Proust 4)],
[Series 6: Correspondence to Proust (Proust 5)],
[Series 7: Items by Proust (Proust 6-Proust 86)],
[Series 8: Montesquiou-Fezensac to Proust (Montesquiou 2-6)],
[Series 9: Correspondence from Walter Berry to Marcel Proust (Proust 87)],
[Series 10: Additional Accruals (Proust 88-93)],
[Series 11: Proust's milieu],
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Series 11: Proust's milieuAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Jacques Brehant and Amelie BessiereAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
Item Bessiere-Brehant 1: Jacques Brehant articles, undatedAdd to your cart.
Four articles written by Jacques Brehant, son of Amelie Bessiere (cousin of Marcel Proust), and one article by Philip Kolb
Creator: Brehant, Jacques; Kolb, Philip
Physical Description: 6 packets
Folder 2Add to your cart.
Item Bessiere-Brehant 2: Conversations enregistrees entre Amelie Bessiere et Jacques Brehant, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Three portfolios of photocopies of transcriptions of conversations between Amelie Bessiere, cousin of Proust, and her son Jacques Brehant; photographs of Bessiere and photocopies of photographs.
Creator: Brehant, Jacques; Bessiere, Amelie
Physical Description: 3 portfolios, 5 photos, 12 photocopies
Sub-Series 2: Friends and acquaintances writing for newspapersAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Item Newspapers 1: Articles by Jacques-Emile Blanche about Proust, ca. 1928Add to your cart.
Newspaper clippings: Two parts of article "Mes Modeles" on Marcel Proust by Jacques-Emile Blanche; one by unknown author.
Creator: Blanche, Jacques-Emile
Physical Description: 3 clippings
Folder 4Add to your cart.
Item Newspapers 2: "Un Gentilhomme de Lettres", 6 July 1892Add to your cart.
Newspaper clipping of article  by Georges Rodenbach published in Le Figaro.
Creator: Rodenbach, Georges
Physical Description: 1 clipping
Sub-Series 3: Comtesse GreffulheAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 5Add to your cart.
Item Greffulhe 1: Comtesse Greffulhe papers, ca. 1886-1938Add to your cart.
Household notes and three photographs: "La Dione," bust on mantlepiece; mother with two children; Elaine Greffulhe, [18]86
Creator: elisabeth, Countess Greffulhe
Physical Description: 34 sheets, 3 photos
Sub-Series 4: George BoyerAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 6Add to your cart.
Item Boyer 1: Lemaire, Mme Madeleine to Boyer, Georges to attend soiree, undatedAdd to your cart.

Autograph MS

First line: "Priere Priere a Monsieur Georges Boyer d'aller ce soir a 10 heures Chez Madame Madeleine Lemaire?"

Creator: Lemaire, Madeleine
Physical Description: 1 page
Folder 7Add to your cart.
Item Boyer 2: Georges Boyer portrait, undatedAdd to your cart.
Portrait of Georges Boyer on board, by Mon. Benque, 33, Rue Boissy d'Anglas, Paris, or 111, Rue des Marechaux, Varsovie
Creator: Benque, Mon.
Physical Description: 1 portrait
Sub-Series 5: Mary WoosterAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 8Add to your cart.
Item Wooster 1: Mary Wooster papers, 1971, 1978Add to your cart.
ALS dated "31/XVI/71" from Wooster, Mary to Waren deLeone to you all at the [?] house", and two photographs of Mary Wooster, one taken by Cecil Beaton
Creator: Wooster, Mary; Beaton, Cecil
Physical Description: 1 page, 2 photographs
Sub-Series 6: Francois Selz collection of Léon Pierre-Quint and Henri de MontherlantAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 9Add to your cart.
Item Selz 1: "Mon attitude a l'egard de l'Allemagne avant le guerre", undatedAdd to your cart.
Original carbon copy of Henri de Montherlant's article
Acquisition Information: gift of François Selz, 1989
Creator: Montherlant, Henri de
Physical Description: 32 pages
Folder 10Add to your cart.
Item Selz 2: "Henri de Montherlant 1945", undatedAdd to your cart.
Original ms signed (2 drafts), original typescript, photocopy of article by Leon Pierre-Quint.
Acquisition Information: gift of François Selz, 1989
Creator: Pierre-Quint, Leon
Physical Description: 41 pages
Folder 11Add to your cart.
Item Selz 3: Beer, Jean de to M Ribet, 23 June 1945Add to your cart.
Typed copy of letter concerning Henri de Montherlant
Acquisition Information: gift of François Selz, 1989
Physical Description: 1 1/4 pages
Folder 12Add to your cart.
Item Selz 4: "Su te Comique dans l'oeuvre de Marcel Proust", undatedAdd to your cart.
Two ms drafts of article by Leon Pierre-Quint and 4 leaves of proofs
Acquisition Information: gift of François Selz, 1989
Creator: Pierre-Quint, Leon
Physical Description: 28 pages
Folder 13Add to your cart.
Item Selz 5: Pierre-Quint lecture at Illiers, ca. August 1955Add to your cart.
MS of speech by Leon Pierre-Quint delivered at Illiers, August 29, 1955
Acquisition Information: gift of François Selz, 1989
Creator: Pierre-Quint, Leon
Physical Description: 7 pages
Folder 14Add to your cart.
Item Selz 6: Foreword about Miroslav Karleja, undatedAdd to your cart.
MS and typescript drafts of Pierre-Quint's foreword for "Enterrement a Theresienbourg" by Miroslav Karleja and one newspaper clipping
Acquisition Information: gift of François Selz, 1989
Creator: Pierre-Quint, Leon
Physical Description: 91 pages
Sub-Series 7: Pierre-Quint manuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 15Add to your cart.
Item Pierre-Quint 1: "Vingt-cinq ans apres la work de Marcel Proust", ca. 1947Add to your cart.
MSS, 2 versions of article by Leon Pierre-Quint
Creator: Pierre-Quint, Leon
Physical Description: 13 pages
Folder 16Add to your cart.
Item Pierre-Quint 2: "Le Colonel Foster plaidera coupable on les sujet interdit au theatre", ca. 1947Add to your cart.
MS of article by Leon Pierre-Quint
Creator: Pierre-Quint, Leon
Physical Description: 2 pages
Folder 17Add to your cart.
Item Pierre-Quint 3: "Les consequences philosophiques des theories d'Einstein", ca. 1947Add to your cart.
MS signed of article by Leon Pierre-Quint
Creator: Pierre-Quint, Leon
Physical Description: 5 pages
Sub-Series 8: FragilesAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 18Add to your cart.
Item Fragiles: "Fragiles", unknownAdd to your cart.
photocopies of rare book by Louis de Robert
Physical Description: 1 portfolio
Sub-Series 9: Daudet familyAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 19Add to your cart.
Item Daudet 1: M & Mme Alphonse Daudet newspaper clippings, ca. 1940Add to your cart.
Newspaper clippings about M & Mme Alphonse Daudet
Physical Description: 20 pieces
Folder 20Add to your cart.
Item Daudet 2: Les Cahiers Marcel Proust (5) Autor de Soixant lettres de Marcel Proust par Lucien Daudet, undatedAdd to your cart.
MS draft of book by Lucien Daudet
Creator: Daudet, Lucien
Physical Description: 130 pages
Folder 21Add to your cart.
Item Daudet 3: "Un dimance au Conservatoire," Le Gaulois, 14 January 1895Add to your cart.

Newspaper article by Marcel Proust. Front page.

Inscribed by Proust: "A Monsieur Lucien Daudet, en souvenir du Duc de Richmond et des oeillets roses" (to Mr. Lucien Daudet, in memory of the Duke of Richmond and [of the] pink carnations) and signed "son devoue Marcel Proust" (His devoted Marcel Proust).

Creator: Proust, Marcel
Physical Description: 1 clipping

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Madame Robert Proust gathering of Marcel Proust materials (acquired through Henri Lefebvre)],
[Series 2: Proust to Bibesco (Proust 1)],
[Series 3: Proust and Hauser Correspondence (Proust 2 and 2A)],
[Series 4: Proust to Grandjean, Lauris, and others (Proust 3)],
[Series 5: Proust to Goyau, Daudet, Montesquiou-Fezensac, and others (Proust 4)],
[Series 6: Correspondence to Proust (Proust 5)],
[Series 7: Items by Proust (Proust 6-Proust 86)],
[Series 8: Montesquiou-Fezensac to Proust (Montesquiou 2-6)],
[Series 9: Correspondence from Walter Berry to Marcel Proust (Proust 87)],
[Series 10: Additional Accruals (Proust 88-93)],
[Series 11: Proust's milieu],
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