Other notable items include an autographed edition of Du Côté de chez Swann recently acquired by the BNF, and the large-format manuscript of the Soixante-quinze Feuilles, the earliest draft of the work.
Proust held onto most of his manuscripts which remained in the family and were donated to the BnF by his neice. The exhibition tells the story through a series of rooms which are themed according to volume in the seven-book series, from "For a long time, I went to bed early..." and Du Côté de Chez Swann (1913) to Time Regained published posthumously in 1927.
Guillaume Fau, Chief Curator, Modern and Contemporary Manuscripts at the BnF said: The public will discover items on show for the first time, such as the spectacular copy of Du Côté de chez Swann carrying a very long 1915 letter to Marie Scheikévitch, recently acquired by the BnF which reveals the future of the characters in the novel.”
Marcel Proust: La fabrique de l’œuvre at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France runs until January 22 2023.