Proust Project: March - Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary; Optional Chateaubriand

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Inspired by yesterday's meet-up discussion, a few of us are embarking on a Proust Project. The plan is to read a few books that influenced Proust before diving into his work. Please comment on selected books before we schedule them. Also toying with the idea of making this virtual - we talk about it online. Pre-Proust Schedule Year 1

March - Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary (190 pages); Optional François-René de Chateaubriand's Atala/Rene (128 pages)

April - John Ruskin's The Stones of Venice (264 pages); Optional Ruskin's Unto This Last

May - Jean-Jacques Rosseau's Reveries of the Solitary Walker (160 pages), Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self Reliance and Other Essays (117 pages), François de La Rochefoucauld's Maxims (126 pages)

June - Racine's Esther and Athalie (less than 100 pages)

July - Anatole France's The Gods Will Have Blood (254 pages) or Penguin Island (284 pages); Optional Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution: A History (848 pages)

August - Stendhal's The Charterhouse of Parma (532 pages)

September - Montaigne: Essays (416 pages) October - George Eliot's Middlemarch (~800 pages) or Silas Marner (262 pages)

November - Honore de Balzac's Lost Illusions (656 pages)

December - Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead (233 pages); Optional Brothers Karamazov (796 pages)

January - Madame de Sevigne's Letters (320 pages); Optional Memoirs of the Duc de Saint-Simon (631 pages)

February - Henri Bergson's Matter and Memory (288 pages)

Extra credit:
One Thousand and One Nights
Louis Begley's Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters (272 pages)
Hannah Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism
Pierre Loti's A Child's Romance (~300 pages - can find digital copies online)
Walter Benjamin


March - April: Swann's Way

May - June: In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

July - August: The Guermantes Way

September - October: Sodom and Gomorrha

November - December: The Captive

January - February: The Fugitive

March: Time Regained