URBANA — The University of Illinois Library is presenting the exhibition "Marcel Proust: Writing Without End," to mark the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first part of Proust's masterpiece, "In Search of Lost Time," long known as "Remembrance of Things Past."
The exhibition traces through books and manuscripts a lifetime of writing, from Proust's early publications while he was still in school to his first attempt at a novel.
It also explores his aesthetic and stylistic development through his study and translations of works by John Ruskin, and the all-consuming adventure of "A la recherche du temps perdu," which occupied the author from 1908 until his death in 1922.
The exhibition is curated by Caroline Szylowicz, the Kolb-Proust librarian and curator of rare books and manuscripts at UI's Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
The library's Proust collections are the most extensive in North America, with more than 1,100 letters written by Proust, manuscript and proof pieces, printed works and secondary sources.
The exhibition is on view 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 23 at The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Room 346, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, U. For more information, call 333-3777 or visit http://illinois.edu/calendar/detail/4092/29509704.