October 2015 Luncheon Meeting

  • 10/09/2015
  • 11:30 AM
  • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, Chicago


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  • Registrant pays ULC directly for meal

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Caroline Szylowicz

“Proust and What He Read”

A popular features in the NY Times book review section is a column that asks authors about their reading preferences. and influences. Unfortunately, it would take a time machine to interview Marcel Proust, whose In Search of Lost Time or Remembrance of Things Past is considered one of the 20th century’s best novels.

We may not have a time machine, but we do have the next best thing; an engaging and entertaining scholar who has read the many books about the books Proust read, and who can share how we know which books he read, how he read them, and what became of the books themselves. Whether you’re a Proust enthusiast or novice, or just enjoy a great literary detective story, this generously illustrated talk is for you.

Presenting will be Caxtonian Caroline Szylowicz, Associate Professor, Kolb-Proust Librarian and Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Illinois in Urbana. You’ll want to attend the luncheon to learn about her own six degrees of separation connection with Proust (not to mention Dumas.) Here’s a hint: she was born near Paris, studied Music and Literature at the Sorbonne, and received her library training at the Catholic University of Paris.

Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Luncheon buffet (Room to be announced) opens at 11:30 am; program (Room to be announced) 12:30-1:30. Please reserve and cancel reservations by the preceding Wednesday for the Friday lunch. Reserved nonattendees will be billed.


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60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL  60610

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