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Prousts semiautobiographical novel cycle is superficially concerned with its heros development through childhood and through youthful love affairs to the point of commitment to literary endeavor.
In Prousts scheme the individual is isolated, society is false and ruled by snobbery, and artistic endeavor is raised to a religion and is superior to nature.
Prousts ability to interpret innermost experience in terms of such eternal forces as time and death created a profound and protean world view and his work has influenced generations of novelists and thinkers.
Proust's father, Achille Adrien Proust, was a famous doctor and epidemiologist, responsible for studying and attempting to remedy the causes and movements of cholera through Europe and Asia.
Graham Greene called Proust the "greatest novelist of the 20th century," and Somerset Maugham called the novel the "greatest fiction to date." Proust died before he was able to complete his revision of the drafts and proofs of the last volumes, the last three of which were published posthumously and edited by his brother, Robert.
Proust himself was homosexual, and is supposed to have had a long-running affair with pianist and composer Reynaldo Hahn.
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