Marguerite Yourcenar


Born
in Brussels, Belgium
June 08, 1903

Died
December 17, 1987

Genre

Influences


The first woman to be elected to The French Academy, the multi talented personality of Marguerite Yourcenar was a novelist, essayist, playwright, short story writer, poet and translator. She was an artist at reconstructing historical eras in the form of her novels. Her novels, dealing with modern issues set in historical eras won her immense fame as a writer.

The inheritance Yourcenar received after the death of her father, allowed her to devote herself to traveling and literary pursuits and love affairs on the Paris artistic scene. She joined a bohemian crowd of artists, moving between Paris, Lausanne, Athens, Istanbul, Brussels and the Greek islands, which inspired her travel writing "Nouvelles Orientales" and "Feux" based on Greek mytholo
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“Of all our games, love's play is the only one which threatens to unsettle the soul...”
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“Our great mistake is to try to exact from each person virtues which he does not possess, and to neglect the cultivation of those which he has.”
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“The true birthplace is that wherein for the first time one looks intelligently upon oneself; my first homelands have been books, and to a lesser degree schools.”
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