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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 volume 2 of In Search of Lost Time. The second volume is titled In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower. It is the Moncrieff translation, edited by William C. Carter (published by Yale University Press).
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

2019–2020 Schedule

  • Oct. 22 (N.B. this is the fourth, but not last, Tuesday)
  • Nov. 19 (N.B. this is the third Tuesday)
  • Dec. 17 (N.B. this is the third Tuesday)
  • Jan. 28
  • February 4 snow date for January
  • Feb. 25
  • March 3 snow date for February
  • Mar. 24 meeting cancelled
  • Apr. 28 ***Group will meet virtually***
  • May 26 ***Group will meet virtually***
  • Jun. 30 ***Group will meet virtually***
  • Happy summer!
  • Sep. 29