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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.
We will read Sodom and Gomorrah this year. Most members will be reading from one of these below editions, but members are free to use their preferred edition.
Sodom and Gomorrah (volume 4 of In Search of Lost Time)
Marcel Proust. Edited and annotated by William C. Carter
Yale University Press
ISBN: 978-0300186208
Sodom and Gomorrah (volume 4 of In Search of Lost Time)
Marcel Proust. Translated by C. K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin; revised by D. J. Enright
Modern Library
ISBN:‎ 978-0375753107
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
We offer meetings through a virtual platform and in-person with a hybrid connection. Please contact the group moderator with questions.

2021–2022 Schedule

  • Happy summer!
  • Sep. 28: Yale University Press: pp. 180–225; Modern Library: pp. 220–276
  • Oct. 26: YUP: pp. 225–278; ML: pp. 276–342
  • Nov. 30: YUP: pp. 278–324; ML: pp. 342–401
  • Dec. 14 (N.B. this is the second Tuesday): YUP: pp. 324–368; ML: pp. 401–456
  • Jan. 25: YUP: pp. 368–416; ML: pp. 456–514
  • Feb. 22: YUP: pp. 416–460; ML: pp. 514–568
  • Mar. 29: YUP: pp. 460–505; ML: pp. 568–625
  • Apr. 26: YUP: pp. 505–550; ML: pp. 625–682
  • May 24 (N.B. this is the fourth, but not last, Tuesday): YUP: pp. 550–583; ML: pp. 682–724
  • Happy Summer!