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Memoirs of Hadrian

Marguerite Yourcenar; Translated from the French by Grace Frick in Collaboration with the Author

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Both an exploration of character and a reflection on the meaning of history, Memoirs of Hadrian has received international acclaim since its first publication in France in 1951. In it, Marguerite Yourcenar reimagines the Emperor Hadrian's arduous boyhood, his triumphs and reversals, and finally, as emperor, his gradual reordering of a war-torn world, writing with the imaginative insight of a great writer of the twentieth century while crafting a prose style as elegant and precise as those of the Latin stylists of Hadrian's own era.

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  • Marguerite Yourcenar; Translated from the French by Grace Frick in Collaboration with the Author

  • Marguerite Yourcenar is one of the most acclaimed writers of the twentieth century. Author of over twenty books--of which Hadrian is her acknowledged masterpiece--she was the first woman elected to the Academie Française. She died in 1987.
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