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03/15/2013

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THE MONTH OF PROUST During his March 5 lecture at New College, Proust scholar William C. Carter noted the influence Proust has had on popular culture. The graphic in this slide is from a special edition of Sports Illustrated honoring Proust. All photos by Arielle Scherr PROUST PROJECT SARASOTA CELEBRATES 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF SWANN'S WAY By Tyler Whitson Staff Writer This year marks the centennial anniversary of the original French publication of Marcel Proust's Du Côté de Chez Swann, or Swann's Way, the first volume of the epic, seven-volume magnum opus À la Recherche du Temps Perdu, or In Search of Lost Time. Rather than languish on dusty shelves — as many books written the same year will likely do — Swann's Way will be picked up, read carefully and discussed by ardent fans and newcomers alike, and in numerous languages, as part of worldwide celebrations this year. One of those events is local: Proust Project Sarasota began on March 5 and concludes on Tuesday, March 26. Organized by Elyane Dezon-Jones, Ph.D., professor emeritus of French Literature at Washington University in St. Louis; Jocelyn Van Tuyl, Ph.D., New College of Florida professor of French language and Literature; Barbara Frey, president of the Board of Directors of the Alliance Française de Sarasota; and Vera Neumann-Wood, senior librarian at the Selby Public Library, Proust Project Sarasota has so far been a diverse multimedia event that has done far more than simply highlight the writing itself.

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