Author Caroline Weber on Her Book, Proust's Duchess

Thursday, Jun 28, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Barnard College professor Caroline Weber discusses Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siècle Paris. This triple biography reveals the women who inspired Marcel Proust’s Duchesse de Guermantes. These superstars of Parisian high society who, as Caroline Weber says, "transformed themselves, and were transformed by those around them, into living legends: paragons of elegance, nobility, and style." Weber delves into their daily lives to detail the glitter, as well as the loneliness, rigid rules and constraint. Proust, as a 20-year-old law student in 1892, would worship them from afar, and later meet them and create his celebrated composite character for The Remembrance of Things Past.

Community partner: The Barnard Club of Connecticut and The Westport Historical Society

Note location: Greens Farms Church, 71 Hillandale Road, Westport

A palpable, engrossing portrait of three extraordinary women and their tempestuous, fragile world.—starred Kirkus Review

Caroline Weber is a professor of French and Comparative Literature at Barnard College, Columbia University; she has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton. She is the author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the Revolution (2006) She has written for The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Financial Times, London Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, and New York magazine. 

Author photo credit Michael Lionstar.

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