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Proust Reading Group

This discussion group is currently oversubscribed. Please write to Hollie Harder at if you'd like to be put on a waiting list for membership. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Boston Athenæum members who are already Proust enthusiasts, and those who are aficionados-in-the-making, are invited to join The Proust Reading Group. Meetings generally take place on the last Tuesday afternoon of each month, from 12:00 1:30 p.m., unless otherwise specified, in the Trustees' Room.
The group will be reading from The Guermantes Way (volume 3, Carter edition). It is the Moncrieff translation, edited by William C. Carter (published by Yale University Press), 680 pages. 
If the Carter edition of Sodom and Gomorrah has been published by February 2021, we will use that edition. Otherwise, we will use the Modern Library edition:
Sodom and Gomorrah (volume 4, Modern Library edition). The Modern Library edition is translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, revised by D.J. Enright, and published by Modern Library in 1999, 784 pages.
The group is led by Proust scholar Dr. Hollie Markland Harder, who is the director of language programs and Associate Professor of French at Brandeis University. Her work on Proust includes articles on Françoise’s cooking (“Proust’s Novel Confections: Françoise’s Cooking and Marcel’s Book,” which appeared in Modern Language Studies) and the function of humor in Proust’s novel (“Proust’s Human Comedy,” published in The Cambridge Companion to Proust).
Participants must sign up in advance for the year. There is a fee of $100 per year. Anyone interested should contact the Circulation Desk at (617) 227-0270 x279 or email
Note that during the Covid-19 outbreak our meetings are held through a virtual platform.

2020–2021 Schedule

  • Happy summer!
  • Sep. 29: The Guermantes Way, pp. 411–461
  • Oct. 27: The Guermantes Way, pp. 461–511
  • Nov. 24: The Guermantes Way, pp. 511–565
  • Dec. 15 (N.B. this is the third Tuesday): The Guermantes Way, pp. 565–608
  • Jan. 26: The Guermantes Way, pp 608–658
  • Feb. 23: Sodom and Gomorrah (Modern Library, pp. 1–44)
  • Mar. 23 (N.B. this is the fourth, not last, Tuesday): Sodom and Gomorrah (Modern Library, pp. 45–93)
  • Apr. 27: Sodom and Gomorrah (Modern Library, pp. 93–145)
  • May 25: Sodom and Gomorrah (Modern Library, pp. 143–194)
  • Happy Summer!