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A Memoir

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How Many Years: A Memoir by Marguerite Yourcenar
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The French writer Marguerite Yourcenar devoted "Dear Departed" to her maternal forebears. In this volume the focus switches to her father's family in north-eastern France. A tumultuous history is revealed through the eyes of a remarkable gallery of ancestors: canonesses and matriarchs, statesmen and scoundrels, merchants and artists (Rubens had married into the family). However, the central story is of the turbulent youth, numerous affairs, desertion from the army and vagabond spirit of Michel de Crayencour, Yourcenar's father, who educated his daughter and fostered in her the intellectual qualities that are characteristic of her work.

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Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987) was the first woman elected to the Academie Francaise. She is the author of plays, poems, essays, short stories and novels, most notably THE ABYSS and MEMOIRS OF HADRIAN.
Release date NZ
November 5th, 1998
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
New edition
8 b&w illustrations
Virago Press Ltd
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