Proust’s let­ters fail to sell at auc­tion

The Korea Times - - PEOPLE -

PARIS (AFP) — Let­ters show­ing how Mar­cel Proust waged a charm of­fen­sive to get glow­ing re­views and win France’s top lit­er­ary prize failed to sell at a Paris auc­tion Mon­day.

Six­teen let­ters that the au­thor of “Re­mem­brance of Things Past” wrote to the in­flu­en­tial news­pa­per­man Rene Blum be­tween 1913 and 1916 were ex­pected to go for up to 300,000 eu­ros ($331,000) at Christie’s.

The cache laid bare how the well-con­nected and wealthy Proust pulled every pos­si­ble string to make sure his books were hailed as mas­ter­pieces.

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