Marguerite Yourcenar

Marguerite Yourcenar was born in Water Rabbit - Kuei Mao Year of the 60-year Cycle of the Chinese Zodiac

Marguerite de Crayencour (Yourcenar) was born on June 8, 1903 in Belgium. She died on December 17, 1987 in Maine. She was a short story author, novelist and essayist and one of the first women elected to the French Academy. This highly acclaimed society limits its membership to forty. Marguerite began writing as a teen when she traveled extensively with her father. She was able to lead a nomadic life due to her inheritance. At the beginning of WWII Marguerite settled in the United States. In 1947 she became a naturalized U.S. citizen. Her first novel Alexis was published in 1929 and Marguerite translated Virginia Woolf?€™s The Waves in 1937. Marguerite?€™s companion Grace Frick was continually by her side until Grace?€™s death in 1979 and was an inspiration for many of Marguerite?€™s writings. Together Grace and Marguerite purchased a home in Maine where they lived for many decades. In 1951, Marguerite published Memoires de Hadrien about one of the rulers of the Roman Empire. The novel was a great success and received high critical acclaim. Marguerite received the Dutch Erasmus Prize for her contributions to European culture (1983) and in 2003 Belgium issued a postage stamp in Marguerite?€™s honor.
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