The McArthur genius grants have just been awarded, and two novelists were selected. Junot Diaz and Dinaw Mengestu Win $500,000 Genius Grants.
Do you think Proust would have qualified? I do. With his great work, he did something no one has done before or since. The characters, the settings, the stories, the words, his subtle humor. Think about it. Proust was truly a genius.