Morgan Library Celebrates Swann’s Way Centennial

exhibitJust in time for Evanston Public Library’s yearlong discussion of Proust, New York’s’ Morgan Library & Museum opened a new exhibition in honor of the 100 year anniversary of Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way – the first volume in his 7-volume novel À la Recherche du Temps Perdu  (Remembrance of Things Past). The materials, being shown for the first time outside of Paris, are on loan  from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.  On exhibit are notebooks , doodles and galleys, postcards and photographs, all related to the creation of Swann’s Way. It sounds like a fascinating exhibit, but as New York Times reviewer Edward Rothstein noted: “It would also help, when you visit, not only to have once read the book, but also to have it fresh in your mind. Otherwise you might pick up fragments of knowledge and see some remarkable artifacts, but will not grasp what kinds of processes are on display here.” Marcel Proust and ‘Swann’s Way’: 100th Anniversary is on view at the Morgan Library through April 28.  Book your flight now – or just get in the mood with tea and madeleines. Read the entire NYT article here.


2 thoughts on “Morgan Library Celebrates Swann’s Way Centennial

  1. “Jacques became an object of the young Proust’s unrequited love, in Edmund White’s reading, though, interestingly, Proust became close with Jacques’s mother, Geneviève.”

    This sentence, when read quickly, gives the impression that Edmund White, not William C. Carter, wrote “Promiscuous Proust.” See for Carter’s writings.

    Also, in the picture, although you can’t see it, The Morgan Library doesn’t have the books in the correct order: “Albertine disparue” and “Le Temps retrouvé” are reversed.

  2. “Promiscuous Proust” is the first chapter in William C. Carter’s book, “Proust in Love.”

    It’s disappointing that Bill Carter wasn’t cited by the New York Times.

    See for Carter’s self-paced online course.

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