About the Proust Society of America
Founded in 1997 by then Center director Harold Augenbraum, the Society's mission is to encourage the reading, study and enjoyment of the work of Marcel Proust. The Society presents lectures for the public and members take part in groups that read and discuss Proust's masterpiece, À la recherche du temps perdu.
About the Proust Reading Groups
The Proust Reading Groups read À la recherche du temps perdu/In Search of Lost Time in a continuous cycle. To join a Proust Reading Group you must be a member of the Proust Society. Proust I is for first-time readers of Proust, but also welcomes more experienced readers. The group began in October 2012 led by Benjamin Taylor and is reading À la recherche in one year. Proust II is for those who have read the volumes at least once. The group, led by David Gordon, began in October 2010, and is reading À la recherche du temps perdu in a four-year cycle. You are welcome to join either group at any point in the reading cycle.
This year, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Swann's Way, we are offering an additional reading group free to Proust members entitled, The Cultural Revolution behind Proust’s In Search of Lost Time led by Burton Pike.
THE SHATTUCK CONFERNCE
On November 9th, 2013 The Center for Fiction presented a conference in honor of Roger Shattuck, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Marcel Proust's Du côté de chez Swann (Swann's Way). The conference focused on the complex female characters throughout À la recherche du temps perdu. Speakers included Anka Muhlstein, Benjamin Taylor, Caroline Weber, Hollie Harder, and Harold Augenbraum. Robyn Creswell and Abigail Deutsch were presented with the 2013 Roger Shattuck Award. Read more
ANNUAL PROUST SOCIETY LECTURES
2009 Eric Karpeles, "Paintings in Proust"
2007 Evelyne Bloch-Dano on Madame Proust
2006 Richard Howard
2006 Joan T. Rosasco "Proust's Wager"
2004 Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, "The Weather in Proust"
2003 Lydia Davis, "Hammers and Hoofbeats:
2002 Roger Shattuck, "Snobbery and Slumming in Proust's Novel"
2001 The Marcel Proust Film Festival and Panel Discussion
2000 William C. Carter, "The Vast Structure of Recollection:
1999 Andre Aciman, "The Proustian Stroke"
Dr Stan Burnett
There is a serious connection between Proust and Cézanne and their relation to colleagues in their arts, a connection that is not just some anecdotal coincidence, but a signiﬁcant parallel...Read more
Talking to Marcel
He seemed the epitome of male prerogative and privilege: the world turning around the small movements of his hand on the page. He’d become a trope for the writer I wouldn’t be. Read more