Marcel PROUST, (1871-1922) French novelist, author of "À la recherche du temps perdu" earlier rendered as " Remembrance of Things Past" (In Search of Lost Time) (1913–27) a seven-volume novel based on Proust’s life told psychologically and allegorically. (britannica.com)
PROUST is considered by critics and writers to be one of the most influential authors of the 20th century.
Madame VERDURIN (Sidonie Verdurin): A poseur and a salonnière who rises to the top of society through inheritance, marriage, and sheer single-mindedness.(wikipedia)