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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 meditation on history, Marguerite Yourcenar's classic novel, Memoirs of Hadrian, has received international acclaim since its initial publication in France in 1951.

Written in the form of a testamentary letter from the emperor Hadrian to his successor, the youthful Marcus Aurelius, the work is as extraordinary for its psychological depth as for its accurate reconstruction of the second century of our era. In it, Yourcenar reimagines Hadrian's arduous boyhood, his triumphs and reversals, and finally, as emperor, his reordering of a worn-torn world, writing with the imaginative insight of a great writer of the twentieth century while crafting a prose style as elegant as those of the Latin stylists of Hadrian's own time.

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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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