Richard mentions two famous French writers. Marcel Proust (1871-1922), was the author of In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu), the famous six-volume, 3,700-page novel about jealous love and memory. George Sand (real name Amantine Dupin, 1804-1876) was an influence on Proust, and a friend of Gustave Flaubert. She was a prolific writer, the first French woman considered to be a literary great. Her novels include François le Champi, La Petite Fadette, and Indiana.