One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Remembrance of things past; a narration or evocation of one's early life.
1930s; earliest use found in Winifred Holtby (1898–1935), novelist and feminist reformer. From French recherche du temps perdu (1924 or earlier; from recherche + du, partitive article + temps time + perdu lost: see perdu), after À la recherche du temps perdu (lit. ‘in search of the lost time’), the title of a novel (published in seven volumes 1913–27) by Marcel Proust, first published in English as Remembrance of Things Past (six volumes 1922–30) and Time Regained (the final volume, 1931).
recherche du temps perdu/rəˌʃɛːʃ duː ˌtɒm pəːˈdjuː/
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