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Marguerite Yourcenar : inventing a life

Marguerite Yourcenar : inventing a life

Author: Josyane Savigneau
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987) was one of the most respected writers in the French language. Best known as the author of Memoirs of Hadrian and The Abyss, she was awarded countless literary honors, culminating in her election in 1980 to the Academie Francaise (she was the first woman to be so honored). Yourcenar described her writing as the "passionate reconstitution, at once detailed and free, of a moment or a  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Marguerite Yourcenar; Marguerite Yourcenar; Marguerite Yourcenar
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Josyane Savigneau
ISBN: 0226735443 9780226735443
OCLC Number: 27640566
Language Note: Translation of: Marguerite Yourcenar.
Awards: Lambda Literary Award, 1993
Description: xvi, 527 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1 --
The Name Between the Name --
1. The Child and the Maidservants --
2. "I don't know whether I loved that tall gentleman or not" --
3. Early Lessons --
4. I, the Underground, Marguerite Yourcenar --
Part 2 --
"The Wanderings" --
5. Nomadism of the Heart and of the Mind --
6. The Impossible Passion --
7. Grace and Coup de Grace --
Part 3 --
Memory Recaptured --
8. The Dark Years --
9. Banality's Temptation --
10. The Rediscovery of Hadrian --
11. Petite Plaisance --
12. First Renown --
13. Balance --
Part 4 --
Forks in the Road --
14. Confinement Consented To --
15. The Abyss and Its Attendant Clashes --
16. Public Recognition --
17. Yourcenar, Marguerite --
18. The Silent Piano --
Part 5 --
The Nomadic Academician --
19. Turning Back Time --
20. The Slipups and the "Tale of Horror" --
21. The Final Journey --
Appendixes --
1. Sonnet --
2. "European Diagnosis" --
3. "Which affords one certain fleeting glimpses" --
4. "Self-Commentary" --
5. The Memorial Service for Marguerite Yourcenar.
Other Titles: Marguerite Yourcenar.
Responsibility: Josyane Savigneau ; translated by Joan E. Howard.
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A biography of Marguerite Yourcenar, one of the most respected writers in the French language. Drawing on letters, diaries and interviews with friends, colleagues and lovers, the text paints a  Read more...


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