Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire
101 Luminaries Ponder Love, Death, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life
Publication Date: October 13, 2009
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An intimate look into the inner lives of our most prominent cultural figures— pulled from the celebrated Proust Questionnaire page in Vanity Fair magazine. The probing set of questions originated as a 19th-century parlor game popularized by contemporaries of Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that an individual’s answers reveal his true nature. Illustrated by Risko, Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire brings together the responses of 101 of the most vibrant personalities of our time, from Bette Midler and Lauren Bacall to Salman Rushdie and Norman Mailer, from Martin Scorsese and Shirley MacLaine to Aretha Franklin and Eric Clapton. Candid, hilarious, and endlessly fascinating,
Graydon Carter is the editor of Vanity Fair. Robert Risko, a Vanity Fair contributor, is one of the most renowned celebrity caricaturists working today.
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