CHAPTER I: Proust and the Fin de Siècle. Influences and affinities
CHAPTER I Proust and the Fin de Siècle. Influences and affinities Short biography of the writer. Description of the atmosphere of the fin de siècle Marcel Proust was born on the 10 July 1871, the son of Adrien Proust and Jeanne Weil, in Anteuil, a suburb of Paris. He grows up in a bourgeois milieu in Paris. At the age of nine he suffers his first attack of asthma, an ailment which will dog him his whole life long, and finally contribute to his early death. From 1882 to 1889 he attends the Lycée Condorcet. In this period he contributes to the pupils’ paper Revue Lilas. Towards the end of this period he begins attending the salons of Paris; thus starting the “fashionable” stage of his life. From 1889- 1890 he voluntarily performs his military service, after which he attends lectures irregularly at the Sorbonne. In 1892 he starts his career as a writer with contribu- tions to the Revue Blanche. 1896 marks the appearance of his first substantial publication, Les Plaisirs et les Jours (Pleasures and Days), with a foreword by Anatole France. In the years from 1896 to 1899 he works, without telling any- one, on a novel which won’t be published till long after his death, under the title Jean Santeuil. In the year 1899 he discovers the work of Ruskin: in 1904 and 1906 his translations of two books by Ruskin appear: La Bible d’Amiens and Sésame et les Lys. 26 September...
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