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Memoirs of Hadrian
     

Memoirs of Hadrian

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by Marguerite Yourcenar, Grace Frick (Translator)
 

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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

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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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"In her brilliant 'psychological novel and meditation on history,' Marguerite Yourcenar has written an imaginatively daring and artistically persuasive 'self-portrait' of Hadrian."Orville Prescott

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374529260
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
05/18/2005
Series:
FSG Classics Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
75,402
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.18(h) x 1.04(d)

Meet 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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Marguerite Yourcenar brings with panache Hadrian, a 2nd century Roman Emperor, back to life. Impersonating Hadrian, Yourcenar imagines that he is writing a series of letters to the attention of Marcus Aurelius, his successor. The dying emperor is pondering over his own life and legacy to the world, as any contemporary reader will do one day. Although Hadrian knows that his contribution to humanity is as fragile as his own existence, he wants to remain optimistic about the destiny of Rome and the future of human race.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, written by the first woman to be admitted into the French Academy (l'Academie Francaise) will captivate you. Written as an autobiography, it expresses the thoughts and feelings of a common man, who was also the emperor or Rome. Beautifully written, it covers all aspects of a man's life, describing the soul, mind and heart of Hadrian. This is a masterpiece which should be read by anyone looking for a superb story full of humanity. This book is the best example of french contemporary literature. An outstanding book which you will like to give to anyone you love.