References for the Légion d'honneur

Name and first name....    Proust, Marcel (Valentin Louis Georges Eugène)

Date and place of birth....    Paris 10 July 1871 16th Arrondissement (96 rue La Fontaine Auteuil)

Residence....    44 rue Hamelin

Nationality...    French

Occupation....    Man of letters

University grades....    (Licenses in letters and in law)

Military service....    Enlisted in 76th Infantry Orléans 1889. Colonel at that time was Colonel Arvers. Discharged in 1908 for cardiac emphysema which is the cause of an almost permanently bedridden existence.

Total duration of civil and military service...   Conditional enlistment was for one year. For a little time afterwards I was engaged by the Bibliothèque Mazarine.

Literary, scientific, artistic publications....    Les Plaisirs et les Jours, 1 volume, Calmann Lévy 1896 (preface by Anatole France). Translations with commentaries and analysis of Ruskin's Le Bible d'Amiens and Sésame et les lys, published by Mercure de France, 2 volumes. Du côté de chez Swann 1 volume published by Grasset and by the Nouvelle Revue Française. À l'Ombre des Jeunes Filles en fleurs, Nouvelle Revue Française, 1 volume. Pastiches et Mélanges, Nouvelle Revue Française.

Honorary distinctions....    Prix de Goncourt for À l'Ombre des Jeunes Filles en fleurs, 1919.

Details of extraordinary services performed by the candidate....    Member of the jury for the literary scholarships of Mme Blumenthal, the jury consisting of six to seven members, being Director of the Beaux-Arts, Monsieurs Boutroux, Bergson, Robert de Flers, Maurice Barrès (of the Académie française) and Marcel Proust.

Form filled in by Marcel Proust for his application as Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur. See Proust et la Légion d'honneur, Antoine Compagnon, Bulletin d'informations proustiennes, no. 44, 2014, pp. 31-35. Documents available online


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