1871 Marcel Proust Is Born, Will Have Mixed Feelings About His Jewish Heritage

Raised in the church but agnostic, the novelist still agonized over Jewish themes, a struggle spurred further by the Dreyfus affair.

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July 10, 1871, is the birthday of Marcel Proust, the French writer who helped usher in the age of the modern novel with his seven-part, semi-autobiographical work “ la recherche du temps perdu” (“In Search of...