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Marguerite Yourcenar: Inventing a Life Hardcover – 1 Sep 1993

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  • Hardcover: 584 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2nd edition (1 Sept. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226735443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226735443
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 902,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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IF THE HOUSEHOLD wasn't tense, it was at least busy and impatient, on 7 June 1903, in the opulent residence at 193 Avenue Louise in Brussels-a "house [that] was swallowed up by a high-rise some fifteen years ago," writes Yourcenar in Souvenirs pieux (Dear Departed). Read the first page
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Marguerite Yourcenar: Reinventing a Life 9 Nov. 2008
By Magdalena B. Reyna - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Such a magnificent writer deserves a better biography. This one is repetitive (do we need to know that a trunk was left behind so many times?) and could have used a more strict editor. Savigneau's dislike for Yourcenar's long-time companion Grace, presents a very one-sided view of their relationship. By hanging on Yourcenar's every word, Savigneau has created a book which is arid and difficult to read. More of Yourcenar's humanity might have given this biography a needed touch.
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