PROUST, Marcel. Autograph letter signed to Lucien Daudet, n.p. [Paris], n.d. [before mid-September 1918], regretting that he had accepted an invitation to dine at the Ritz, having refused another invitation the day before, 'Tu penses bien que je ne te dis pas tout cela pour faire l'homme invité, je ne le suis jamais par qui que ce soit, mais pour te montrer mon manque de chance'; describing how he failed to reach Lucien by telephone at the Hotel Meurice; referring ironically to a cutting from L'Action Française in which the sequel to Swann is announced in terms as he says, calculated to please, and saying that he must write to Léon Daudet; complaining that [Alfred] Capus has not responded to a letter, referring to Lucien's choice of title [for La Dimension Nouvelle] and to his own subtitle La Mort des Cathédrales, which he used in 1905; concluding by referring to the last act of L'Arlésienne, which should be sent to all authors 'pour qu'ils sachent bien quelle vanité c'est d'écrire. Je ne connais rien d'aussi décourageant', and saying that Reynaldo is in a black mood which vanishes when speaking of Lucien, 11 pages, 8vo (the 1st page slightly discoloured).
L'Action Française had carried a piece on 29 August anticipating the publication of À l'Ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs and its sequels, referring to Du côté de chez Sivan [sic] as one of the finest works published in 1913, and with further misprints in the titles describing the sequence as 'l'édition des souvenirs de Marcel Proust' and 'ces livres peu composés'.
Alphonse Daudet's play L'Arlesienne, with Bizet's music, had been received with derision at its first performance in 1872. Kolb, XVII, 355; Cahier, V (LII).