Books by Marguerite Yourcenar

DREAMS AND DESTINIES by Marguerite Yourcenar
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"This fine and unique book could help wrest our dreamlives from the Freudians and Jungians who have colonized them: 'It is not the symbol that will instruct us about man's secrets, but what we know about the man that determines the meaning of the symbols.'"
The great novelist tells us what she dreams about. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Apprentice work, and very uneven, but a welcome addition nevertheless to the distinctive oeuvre of an important modern writer."
These three stories, recently published in book form in France, are the only remaining fiction previously untranslated into English from the great French writer (1903-87) best known for her brilliant historical novels and for being the only woman thus far inducted into the AcadÇmie Franáaise. Read full book review >
HOW MANY YEARS by Marguerite Yourcenar
Released: July 1, 1995

"Sensitive to both the psychological and the historical, with an eye to fate and character, How Many Years is Yourcenar's family album for the ages. (photos, not seen)"
This fascinating family chronicle brings Yourcenar's multifarious abilities as an imaginative and erudite historian, vivid memoirist, and observant novelist to bear on her father's family, the Flemish Cleenewercks, or ``Do-littles.'' In the second of three volumes of her family chronicles (the first, Dear Departed, 1991, portrayed her mother's family), Yourcenar's (190387) narrative begins in prehistory with a mixture of high lyricism and subjective anthropology and progressively molds itself around the Roman and Christian invasions of Celtic Gaul. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1992

"Profound meditations from a woman near her own death—nearly buried beneath a number of less worthy topics and treatments, certainly, but worth unearthing nevertheless."
A posthumous collection of essays that, as in Dear Departed (1991), again reveal the late French Academy member's exceptionally wide range of interests: forceful opinions on everything from the books of Carlos Castaneda to the wearing of fur coats fill this slender, often arcane, but occasionally illuminating volume. Read full book review >
DEAR DEPARTED by Marguerite Yourcenar
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Yourcenar intertwines these intricately imagined lives with issues in European thought and politics that will strike many as arcane—making this one of her less interesting works, though two follow-up volumes have yet to be published here. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Yourcenar's re-creation of her ancestors' lives in 19th- and 20th-century Belgium, published in France in 1974, is unlikely to appeal to many American readers as it fails to relate directly to the experience of the late French Academy member (1903-87), author of Two Lives and a Dream, 1987; Mishima, 1986, etc. Opening with the Zen koan ``What did your face look like before your father and mother met?,'' the 70-year-old Yourcenar attempts to unearth the seeds of her being in the lives of her parents and ancestors, most of whom she never knew. Read full book review >