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. Proust I is for first-time readers of Proust, but also welcomes more experienced readers. The group will begin again in Fall 2014, led by George Prochnik, and will read À la recherche in one year. Proust II is for those who have read the volumes at least once. The group began in October 2010, and is reading À la recherche du temps perdu in a four-year cycle. The current Proust II group will end on November 20, 2014 and will not begin again until Spring 2015.  You are welcome to join either group at any point in the reading cycle. READ MORE



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 


2013 Rewriting Proust with Elyane Dezon-Jones, Charles Dantzig, Daniel Levin Becker, and Alexander Aciman

2013 Marcel Proust: The Collected Poems with Harold Augenbraum and Adam Kirsch 

2012 Anka Muhlstein: Monsieur Proust's Library

2011 Damion Searls, "Proust Reading Ruskin"

2010 Anka Muhlstein, "A Closer Look at Baron de Charlus"

2010 Louis Begley, "Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters"

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:
Rhythm and Structure in the Sentences of Swann's Way"

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:
From Life to Literature"

1999 Andre Aciman, "The Proustian Stroke"

Proust in Paris


SWT  Tours is conducting its 3rd  Proust in Paris tour May 11-17, 2015. William Carter, the preeminent Proust scholar, is leading the tour. For more information, including the six day itinerary and pricing information, visit their website here.






Paintings in Proust Madame Proust

Marcel Proust:
In Pictures and Documents

 Edition Olms, 2013

Proust’s Latin Americans

 Ruben Gallo, 2014

Understanding Marcel Proust

 Allen Thiher, 2013


Proust in Love

Mirages and Mad Beliefs:
Proust the Skeptic

Christopher Prendergast, 2013

Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

 Edited and annotated by
William C. Carter, 2013

 Monsieur Proust's Library

 by Anka Muhlstein

Join the Proust Society

If you are a current member of the Proust Society you remain a member, and if you join a Proust reading group you automatically become a member of the Society.


Beyond Elstir

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

Anne Landsman

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