Truman Capote
Happy birthday Marcel Proust!
Happy birthday Marcel Proust!

Marcel Proust was born on this day in 1871. Happy 143rd birthday, Marcel Proust! These days Proust is known as a genius, the author of the brilliant, mammoth novel, known as both "Remembrance of Things Past" and "In Search of Lost Time." But how was he perceived through the years? How quickly was his legend cemented? We took a quick spin through the Los Angeles Times archives for this snapshot of Proust and his not-always assured literary legacy. 1922: Proust dies. His LA Times obituary, published almost two months later, notes, "So brilliant a psychological study is [his] long work that M. Proust has been called 'the French successor to Henry...