Having Fun With The 19th Century French Aristocracy

Cover detail from “Proust’s Duchess” Photo Courtesty of Knopf

It is a rare event that an impeccably researched historical tome is also a juicy and highly readable account of cultural reportage. For all the scintillating social detail, “Proust’s Duchess” is, above all, a meaningful investigation of socio-historical and literary criticism.  It is also a fun, punchy and relatively quick read at 570 pages. 

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