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One of the greatest novelists of his time: A bluffer's guide to Proust 100 years after his death

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Portrait of Marcel Proust. 1892. Today, it is on display at the Orsay Museum in Paris.
Portrait of Marcel Proust. 1892. Today, it is on display at the Orsay Museum in Paris.
Photo: Christophel Fine Art/Universal Images Group

France's Marcel Proust, who died 100 years ago on Friday, is regarded as one of the greatest novelists of all time - but few can truthfully claim to have read his 2 400-page masterpiece In Search of Lost Time.

For those waiting for another lockdown to curl up with his magnum opus or simply as a conversation starter around the dinner table at Christmas, there are some things many people do not know about the author.

1. Unwanted masterpiece

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