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Proust in Love$
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William C. Carter

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108125

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108125.001.0001

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(p.112) Chapter Seven Lovesick
Proust in Love

William C. Carter

Yale University Press

This chapter tells the account of Alfred Agostinelli's later influence in the life of Marcel Proust. In the spring of 1913, Agostinelli sought and appealed to Proust for work. But as Proust had already hired Odilon Albaret as his regular driver, Agostinelli was instead given the position of Proust's secretary, aiding in the preparing the typescript of Swann's Way. The chapter recounts how Proust showered Agostinelli with money, and of how the two confided in one another, and of Proust's eventual fall for the young, athletic Italian. The chapter then links Agostinelli to Proust's writing of Albertine. The chapter also talks about the lovesickness that Proust would experience, especially in the eventual publication of Swann's Way, where in a letter to his literary friend Louis de Robert, Proust would mention this lovesickness over Agostinelli.

Keywords:   Alfred Agostinelli, Marcel Proust, Odilon Albaret, Swann's Way, Albertine, lovesickness, Louis de Robert

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