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A French novelist, playwright, and essayist born in Belgium, Marguerite Yourcenar was a resident of the United States for many years, living in isolation on a small island off the coast of Maine. Educated at home by wealthy and cultured parents, she had a strong humanistic background, translating the ancient Greek poet Pindar and the poems of the modern Greek Constantine Cavafy. She has translated American Negro spirituals and works of Virginia Woolf (see Vol. 1) and Henry James (see Vol. 1). Her novels include Alexis (1929) and Coup de Grace (1939). A collection of poems, Fires, was published in 1936. Yourcenar is particularly known for Hadrian's Memoirs (1951), a philosophical meditation in the form of a fictional autobiography of the second-century Roman emperor. In Germaine Bree's judgment, "With great erudition and great psychological insight, Marguerite Yourcenar constructed a body of work that is a meditation on the destiny of mankind." In 1981, she became the first woman ever elected to the French Academy. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Marguerite Yourcenar nacque a Bruxelles nel 1903 e morì negli Stati Uniti nel 1987. Cresciuta nel nord della Francia e a Parigi, trascorse poi la maggior parte della sua vita all’estero, in Italia, Svizzera, Grecia e Stati Uniti. Eletta all’Académie Française nel 1981 (prima e unica donna), è stata autrice di raccolte di versi, poemi in prosa, racconti, lavori teatrali, saggi, traduzioni.
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