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Proust's Overcoat: The True Story of One Man's Passion for All Things Proust - Lorenza Foschini Paper version is isbn 978 1 84627 272 1Translated by Eric KappelesOpening - I stood in that big room with the fluorescent lighting, like someone who had come to identify the body of a loved one.--------------------BBC blurb - Supporting roles in the story are played by Dr Robert Proust - brother to the famous author, his disappointed and homophobic wife, Marthe, the shady bric-a-brac dealer Werner and of course Marcel Proust himself. Jean Genet (who was offerred a home by Guerin when he was released from prison) Jacques Cousteau and Picasso all have walk-on parts. Guerin's passion for the work of Marcel Proust was perhaps fuelled by the fact that they were both homosexual, but he was also a passionate collector and bibliophile even as a young man. And it was as a young man that he first encountered the Proust family when he was treated by Dr Robert Proust. Visiting the doctor in his study he was told that the desk and bookshelves had belonged to the late author. The doctor opened the bookshelf to show the young man the handwritten notebooks in which his brother had drafted and re-drafted his great work. A chance visit to a second-hand book dealer some years later reconnected Guerin with the Proust family and led to his meeting with the man who was clearing out the apartment of the late Robert Proust. His wife, Marthe Proust, had apparently instructed that all trace of the abominable Marcel should be removed and burnt. She had even gone through published volumes, tearing out Marcel's dedicatory signature. And so began Guerin's pursuit of the manuscripts and belongings of his hero which were eventually to lead him to the fur lined overcoat which had accompanied Proust throughout most of his life including as a bedspread on the brass bed where he wrote 'In Search Of Lost Time'. Producer: Jill Waters A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.