Marcel Proust is known even to those who have never read a line of his. They associate the name with three things above all: dandy, salon culture and the gigantic work "In Search of Lost Time". It is certainly this novel that made Proust famous and immortal, but there are other important texts as well. Before Proust began his opus magnum, he worked as a literary critic and as a society columnist, i.e. as a gossip reporter. In this job, he made the acquaintance of the beautiful, rich and noble of Paris. What he experienced with them and in their society is processed, encoded and commented on in his novels. And always very self-confidently, at times coquettishly and vainly. His texts reveal a great deal about Proust the man and his love of travel. He loved the Engadine and also wrote about Sils-Maria. C. Bernd Sucher, together with Wolfgang A. Rehmann will introduce the author and his oeuvre.