PROUST, Marcel. Two unpublished autograph letters signed to Lucien Daudet ('Mon petit Lucien'), both n.p. [Paris], n.d. , in the first complaining strongly that Lucien has not written, 'C'est un peu fort ... Vous ne m'avez pas écrit une fois depuis votre départ', and from England he has sent only three lines, while he himself wrote the very day after Lucien left, and he cannot arrange his holiday because Lucien does not answer; in a postscript describing Lucien's card as 'exigeant, et récriminatrice et surtout courte', but denying that he is reproaching him, 3 pages, 8vo (annotated in pencil by Lucien Daudet on 1st page 'été 1897'; slightly discoloured in upper margin); the second, having received Lucien's letter sent to Evian then to Paris, which has consoled him; he had waited for a word at Evian, 'le signe que vous devez me faire pour votre hivernage solitaire', asking jealously about Lucien's plans, 'Dites moi ce que vous appelez aller en Provence, si c'est seul et où?', also mentioning a mutual friend at Evian, and referring to Madame Daudet and Alphonse Daudet whose unbelievable charm and advice he often misses, 4 pages, 8vo (annotated in pencil by Lucien Daudet '97' on 1st page, together 7 pages, 8vo).
Proust also mentions his article on Alphonse Daudet [in La Presse, 11 August 1897]. He returned to Paris on 9 September. Lucien was on holiday in England, and while there visited the Empress Eugénie, whom he had favourably impressed in France in 1895. On returning he perhaps planned to join his brother, Léon, who was staying near Arles. (2)