Marcel Proust

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Birthday
10, 1871
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Nov 18, 1922 (51)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
10, 1871
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Nov 18, 1922 (51)

About

A French novelist and essayist, he is best known for the seven-volume, 4,300-page novel, In Search of Lost Time (also known as Remembrance of Things Past). His other works include Swann's Way and Time Regained.

Before Fame

He was a sickly child who suffered from severe asthma attacks. He began attending the Lycee Condorcet at the age of eleven and later served in the French Army.

Trivia

His famous novel, In Search of Lost Time, is known for its length as well its reputation as one of the greatest works of modernist fiction.

Family Life

He was a homosexual who based one of his famous characters on his lover, Albert, whose name he feminized to Albertine to better serve the novel's plot. His father, Achille Adrien Proust, was a renowned epidemiologist.

Associated With

He was referred to by English author Graham Greene as the greatest novelist of the 20th century.