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(Hybrid) Christopher Prendergast on Living and Dying with Marcel Proust

Tue 15 November 2022 @ 19 h 30 - 20 h 30


Marcel Proust expert Christopher Prendergast discusses the enduring presence of In Search of Lost Time and the meaning of treating literature as life.

From recent features at the Musée Carnavalet and the Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme to uncountable commentaries and historical studies, Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time remains an object of public fascination and adoration one hundred years after its publication. No one is more qualified to speak on the depths of Proustianism than Christopher Prendergast, general editor of Penguin’s English reissues of Proust’s magnum opus. In new work Living and Dying with Marcel Proust, Prendergast maps out the life, mind, and Recherche of Proust, revealing the genius of the author and the enduring importance of the text. Join him at the American Library in celebrating life, literature, love, time, memory, and Marcel Proust.

About the speaker: 

Christopher Prendergast is a fellow of Cambridge University and the British Academy. A writer for the London Review of Books and New Left Review, he is an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Officier dans l‘Ordre des Palmes académiques. Living and Dying with Marcel Proust was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice and Publishers’ Weekly Most Anticipated Work of 2022.

Important information: The discussion will be available both online and in person. While the conversation will happen in person (Prendergast will appear in the Reading Room), the Library will stream the conversation on Zoom for a live viewing experience. Both in-person and online attendees will be able to pose questions.

This event requires advance registration.

Evenings with an Author are free and open to the public (with a 10€ suggested donation)
thanks to the generous support of Gregory Annenberg Weingarten of GRoW @ Annenberg.


Tue 15 November 2022
19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min
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(Hybrid) Christopher Prendergast on Living and Dying with Marcel Proust
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