L'invention D'une Vie 4. Marguerite Yourcenar was born Marguerite de Crayencour in Brussels in She lost her mother at birth, her native Belgium at the age of six, and was forced to flee her adopted France at twelve. It is little wonder that Yourcenar, whose own early past receded so quickly into personal legend, would one day describe her writing as the "passionate reconstitution , at once d Marguerite Yourcenar was born Marguerite de Crayencour in Brussels in It is little wonder that Yourcenar, whose own early past receded so quickly into personal legend, would one day describe her writing as the "passionate reconstitution , at once detailed and free, of a moment or a man out of the past.
As complex, erudite, and intriguing as her work, Yourcenar's life has resisted its own passionate reconstitution until now, in part because of the writer's deliberate elusiveness, even in her autobiographical trilogy. Here, in its intricate and often contradictory detail, is Marguerite Yourcenar's story, one in which loss and learning intertwined almost from the first and in which love assumed a strangely paradoxical place.
Drawing on letters, diaries, and interviews with Yourcenar's friends, colleagues, and lovers, Josyane Savigneau's biography paints an intimate portrait of an artist who lived according to her own, occasionally contrary, terms: Savigneau weaves these and other contraries of Yourcenar's life into a vibrant and engrossing pattern.
Editor of " Le Monde des Livres," the literary pages of France's most influential newspaper, Savigneau first met Marguerite Yourcenar on assignment in What began as a professional relationship gradually turned into a friendship. Her personal insights into that life enrich this exhaustively documented text. Following the lead set by Yourcenar in her memoir Dear Departed , the biographer found herself "searching for a truth that is multiple, unstable, evasive, sometimes saddening, and at first glance scandalous but that one cannot approach without often feeling for human beings in all their frailty a certain measure of kinship and, always, a sense of pity.
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Savigneau, autrice di questa bellissima e interessantissima biografia di Marguerite Yourcenar, conobbe la celebre letterata in occasione di un'intervista per il giornale Le Monde, quando la scrittrice era ormai molto anziana e diventata quasi un mito di riferimento a livello internazionale Yourcenar, eccezionalmente " Savigneau, autrice di questa bellissima e interessantissima biografia di Marguerite Yourcenar, conobbe la celebre letterata in occasione di un'intervista per il giornale Le Monde, quando la scrittrice era ormai molto anziana e diventata quasi un mito di riferimento a livello internazionale.
Ne nacque una frequentazione, quasi un'amicizia duratura. Abitava in una casa in legno, tutta dipinta di bianco, circondata da un ampio terreno, in cui poteva provare il piacere di "leggere il greco sotto i meli in fiore". La giornalista, dopo la morte di Marguerite, fu pertanto facilitata nella raccolta di testimonianze dirette, particolarmente preziose e attendibili.
Il libro, documentatissimo, si basa inoltre su diari, taccuini, lettere, interviste, documenti pubblici e privati di ogni sorta. La scrittura altamente divulgativa rende la lettura di questo libro assai gradevole, direi accattivante. View all 5 comments. Siti Grazie Emilio per la bella proposta. Sep 13, Emilio Berra Siti wrote: Marguerite Yourcenar is one of my favorite authors and has been so ever since I first read Memoirs of Hadrian. I went on to read several of her other novels and literary essays. Included with Memoirs of Hadrian in my list of favorites are both Alexis and Fires , short, beautiful and uncommon novels.
Her prose always demonstrated exquisite precision, often with a poetic quality, and her interest in the classical world was of particular interest. She became the first and only woman to be admitted t Marguerite Yourcenar is one of my favorite authors and has been so ever since I first read Memoirs of Hadrian. Josyane Savigneau's biography is a worthy companion to these works. The subtitle, "Inventing a Life", is appropriate on many levels beginning with her reincarnation as Marguerite Yourcenar in her teens a nome de plume created as an acronym of her given name of Crayencour to her years in France followed by decades spent in America.
Marguerite Yourcenar: L'invention D'une Vie
She lived in Maine for 42 years with her lover, the American academian Grace Frick, whom she met in , and with whom she was to live until Frick's death from breast cancer in That this relationship was bookended by relationships with young men is just one of the many contradictions present in the long life of Marguerite Yourcenar. She was living in the US in June , when the Germans invaded France, and there she was to remain for most of her life.
All of this and more is shared in this biography that details the life of learning and love that produced some of the most beautiful prose works of the twentieth century. Finally finished reading Josyane Savigneau's biography of Marguerite Yourcenar. Inventing a Life Chicago: University of Chicago Press, I don't remember which magazine had originally prompted me to read about Yourcenar I think it was the New Yorker I read on the train ride to New York City a couple of weeks ago but absolutely enjoyed Savigneau's biography of Yourcenar. I remember I was intriqued by the New Yorker review because it had spoken of Yourcenar as an outca Finally finished reading Josyane Savigneau's biography of Marguerite Yourcenar.
I remember I was intriqued by the New Yorker review because it had spoken of Yourcenar as an outcast lesbian woman who had flirtations with gay males in her old age. I was absolutely enthralled and had to know about this person.
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Savigneau's biography although devoid of a whole collection of materials that are sealed until sometime in the s none the less is very kind to Yourcenar and attempts to understand the woman through her own relationship and meeting with Yourcenar late in her life and through critical readings of Yourcenar's literary oeuvre.
I found the book emmensly exciting and read a little each night. The life that she established for herself on Deer Mountain Island in Maine at her little house Petite Plaisance with her partner of over 40 years Grace Frick is charming. Indeed Savigneau paints a marvellous portrait of the house and what it must have been like for the two women to live there together all through the s and s. Savigneau's recounting of Yourcenar's life and her attempts at constructing herself right from her bizarre youth with a wandering and philandering father, to her obsessions with young gay men and then her love for Grace Frick is truly remarkable and very French in tone.
I believe that Yourcenar would have appreciated Savigneau's attempts to come to know her through her biography. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
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