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03/01/2013

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�� LA RECHERCHE DE PROUST A copy of Swann���s Way appears in a French film, Sur la route de Walter Salle (2012). Photo by Prosopee via Wikipedia Commons. Inset: Marcel Proust/Contributed photo EVENTS TO HONOR THE RENOWNED AUTHOR, 100 YEARS AFTER THE PUBLICATION OF SWANN���S WAY By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor ���For a long time I used to go to bed early.��� Dezon-Jones, who now splits her time between Paris and Sarasota, first read �� la reWith that simple sentence, Marcel Proust cherche during a break between high school kicked off one of the 20th century���s greatest and college, and fell in love. literary works, the six-book, 3,120-page masterpiece �� la recherche du temps perdu ��� In ���I thought it was really an amazing text,��� she Search of Lost Time. The first volume of that says, ���like no other. It���s so rich.��� novel, Swann���s Way, turns 100 this year, and She spent a year reading the entire book, as as part of the global celebration of Proustiana, well as the handful of other published Proust a handful of Sarasota organizations are com- works and translations. It changed her life. ing together for a series of lectures devoted to ���When it was time for me to pick a subject for the man and his novel. my Ph.D., I chose to work on Proust. Voil��. And I have not stopped.��� For Elyane Dezon-Jones, the chief organizer behind the events, the reason to celebrate During the ���90s, Dezon-Jones was part of a Proust is self-evident. ���It���s for Proust, you team of researchers given access to Proust���s original manuscripts. The author���s pen-andknow?��� she says.

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