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Marcel Proust and the Medicine of the Belle Époque Exhibition

  • Mon, November 12, 2018
  • Sat, January 26, 2019
  • RSM Library 1 Wimpole Street London W1G 0AE

Marcel Proust and the Medicine of the Belle Époque is an exhibition to be held at the RSM Library.

It opens on Monday 12th November 2018 and it runs until Saturday 26th January 2019.

The novelist and essayist Marcel Proust was the author of possibly the greatest work of twentieth-century fiction, A la Recherche du Temps Perdu (In Search of Lost Time), a work that fairly bristles with medical references, metaphors, and doctors who possess varying degrees of ability. Proust’s life (1871-1922) spans almost the whole of the Belle Époque period (1870-1914), a time when profound new scientific and philosophical theories were challenging the very foundations and forcing a re-appraisal of human knowledge, theories and exploration the like of which had never been seen before.

The exhibition is drawn from the collection of the RSM Library and includes works by members of Proust’s family (his father and brother were both distinguished doctors) and by some of the leading French physicians of the day, many of whom are depicted in fictional guise throughout A la Recherche du Temps Perdu.

Admission free

Open to all

Library opening hours

Monday - Thursday 09:00-21:00

Friday 09:00-17:30

Saturday 10:00-16:30

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