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Marie Riefstahl Nordlinger Proust Collection

Date range: 1853-1965

Number of items: 150 items

Manchester-born Marie Nordlinger (1876–1961), Madame Riefstahl, was a friend and correspondent of the French writer Marcel Proust (1871-1922), whom she first met in Paris in 1896. Nordlinger assisted Proust, who knew very little English, with his translations into French of John Ruskin's (1819-1900) The Bible of Amiens and Sesame and Lilies. She has been considered to be a model for some episodes featuring Albertine in À la recherche du temps perdu, Proust's masterpiece, which was published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927. However, Nordlinger always denied this association.

The collection, donated by Nordlinger in 1974, comprises editions of Proust's writings and many secondary works, mainly in French, bearing the signature of Marie Nordlinger.

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