The co-chairs of the Boston Chapter invite you to an evening celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Prix Goncourt being awarded to Marcel Proust.
Aperitifs 6:00 p.m.
Talk 6:30 p.m.
Dinner 7:30 p.m.
In December 1919, the final decision for the Goncourt, one of the most famous literary awards in France, came as a shock. Proust was awarded the Prize for “Within a Budding Grove”, winning over Dorgelès’ “Wooden Crosses”, a book on the terrifying experience of a soldier in the trenches during the First World War. In the immediate aftermath of WW1, the decision in favor of Proust was hard to understand and hotly contested. And yet, Proust’s vision of society is as accurate today in 2019 as it was in 1919.
Dr. Isabelle de Vendeuvre teaches literature at Ecole normale supérieure and Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. She wrote a book about Proust and James entitled “Satire et fiction dans les œuvres de Marcel Proust et de Henry James”, published at Classiques Garnier in 2019. She also wrote articles on Brazilian literature. She has served as Director of International Relations at Ecole normale supérieure (2009-2015) and Delegate for International Affairs at Institut Catholique de Paris (2016-2019).
In 2000 she spent a month in Louisiana at the Laura Plantation as a guide and intern for Friends of Vieilles Maisons françaises, as French Heritage Society used to be called. She translated Laura’s “Memories of the Old Plantation Home” into French. Her translation is still on sale in the Plantation’s bookshop.
To register for this event, please use the drop-down menu below. You can also print and return the reply form, or call FHS Programs and Membership Officer Benjamin Wells (212-759-6846, ext. 201) to register by phone.