(1871-1922) a French writer of novels, who many people consider one of the greatest writers of modern times. His best known work is a series of novels called in English Remembrance of Things Past, which is a detailed description of French society in the late 19th century, and is sometimes mentioned as a typical example of a very long book. Many people also know how the book begins, when one of the characters eats a "madeleine" (=a type of small cake) and the taste reminds him of an earlier time.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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