Page 28. " a passage in Saint-Simon "
Public DomainSaint-Simon
Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon (1675-1755), is later revealed to be Swann's favourite writer. A soldier and a diplomat, Saint-Simon's memoirs are full of gossip, character sketches and insights into his times.
Page 32. " Le Miracle de Théophile "

A medieval miracle play written by Rutebeuf around 1216, referring to the story of St Theophilus of Adana, who made a pact with the devil and then repudiated it.

Page 45. " La Mare au Diable, François le Champi, La Petite Fadette and Les Maîtres Sonneurs "
George Sand by Nadar
Public DomainGeorge Sand by Nadar

These are all novels by the French nineteenth century writer George Sand, whose real name was Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin, Baroness Dudevant (1804-1876).

Page 46. " several 'thicknesses' of art "

This is directly lifted from Proust's own life. His grandmother would line his bedroom walls with pictures of scenes made famous in paintings.

Page 46. " Morghen's print of Leonardo's Last Supper "

Morghen's engraving of Da Vinci's Last Supper
Public DomainMorghen's engraving of Da Vinci's Last Supper
Raffaello Sanzio Morghen (1758-1833) was an Italian engraver. For a long time, before mass travel and photography, engravings such as this were the only way people could see art from outside of their own country.

Page 47. " she had chosen François Le Champi "

Usually translated as The Country Waif, this is a rather inappropriate choice for a mother to read to her over-affectionate son as it deals with a quasi-incestuous relationship between an orphan and a woman who befriends him.