Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
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Memoirs of Hadrian
By Marguerite Yourcenar

Memoirs of Hadrian

And Reflections on the Composition of Memoirs of Hadrian

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Introduction by Paul Bailey See other recent books by Paul Bailey
Translated by Grace Frick See other recent books by Grace Frick
Format: Paperback

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Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar

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Framed as a letter from the Roman Emperor Hadrian to his successor, Marcus Aurelius, Marguerite Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian is translated from the French by Grace Frick with an introduction by Paul Bailey in Penguin Modern Classics. In her magnificent novel, Marguerite Yourcenor recreates the life and death of one of the great rulers of the ancient world. The Emperor Hadrian, aware his demise is imminent, writes a long valedictory letter to Marcus Aurelius, his future successor. The Emperor meditates on his past, describing his accession, military triumphs, love of poetry and music, and the philosophy that informed his powerful and far-flung rule. A work of superbly detailed research and sustained empathy, Memoirs of Hadrian captures the living spirit of the Emperor and of Ancient Rome. Marguerite de Crayencour (1903-88), who went by the inexact anagrammatic pen name 'Marguarite Yourcenar', was a Belgian-born French novelist and essayist, the first woman to be elected to the Academie francaise. Her first novel Alexis was published in 1929; in 1939 she was invited to America by her lover Grace Frick, where she lectured in comparative literature at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. When Memoires d'Hadrien was first published in 1951, it was an immediate success and met with great critical acclaim. If you enjoyed Memoirs of Hadrian, you might like Robert Graves's I, Claudius, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'A timeless masterpiece ...every page is informed by her profound scholarship' Paul Bailey, author of Gabriel's Lament 'Yourcenar conjures worlds. She can make us share passion - for beauty, bodies, ideas, even power - and consider it closely at the same time. She is that most extraordinary thing: a sensual thinker' Independent on Sunday

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141184968
ISBN-10: 0141184965
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Alexis by Marguerite Yourcenar Alexis, Paperback (December 1985)

It was with Alexis that, in 1928, Marguerite Yourcenar began her career as a novelist. The book remains one of the stellar literary debuts of the century. Yourcenar has created a moving meditation on the relationship between pleasure and love.

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Author Biography - Marguerite Yourcenar

Marguerite Yourcenar(8 June 1903 17 December 1987) was a Belgian-born Frenchnovelistand essayist. Winner of thePrix Feminaand theErasmus Prize, she was the first woman elected to theAcademie francaise, in 1980, and the seventeenth person to occupySeat 3."

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