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Item 416 - Marcel Proust Catalog 574 (Jan 2020)

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French writer (1871-1922) known for the monumental sixteen-volume In Search of Lost Time, regarded as one of the greatest achievements in world literature. ALS in French, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 6.75, no date but circa 1913. Letter to the critic Georges Goyau, commenting on the death of Goyau's wife, and Proust's close childhood friend, Lucie Félix-Faure. Goyau had apparently sent Proust a photo of his wife and some Catholic souvenirs. In full: "I have just been very ill and you will excuse me to tell you in one simple word, thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the noble and holy image, and the remarks that are as if she were alive. Everything that she cherished. I will keep and often visit these dear relics. I will send you very soon my book [referring to Swann's Way, the first volume of In Search of Lost Time] where you will recognize episodes of my childhood that she knew so well. I only have sufficient force to press your hand from all my heart and transferring all my affection for her so naturally toward you." In fine condition. A fantastic and very Proustian letter with reference to his childhood and the recent publication of his magnificent novel Swann's Way.

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