Céleste Albaret was Marcel Proust's housekeeper in his last years, when he retreated from the world to devote himself to In Search of Lost Time. She could imitate his voice to perfection, and Proust himself said to her, "You know everything about me." Her reminiscences of her employer present an intimate picture of the daily life of a great writer who was also a deeply peculiar man, while Madame Albaret herself proves to be a shrewd and engaging companion.… (more)
It is sixty years now since I saw him for the first time, but it is as if it were yesterday.
...he must have let, or even made, a lot of people think he felt affection and friendship for them, whereas in fact - it was the thing that always struck me - he could do without all of them with the greatest of ease.
He hasn't forgotten me any more than I could forget him.