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Title:
Marguerite Yourcenar
Author:
Horn, Pierre L.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Twayne Publishers, [1985]

©1985
Physical Description:
121 pages : portrait ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780805766080
Format :
Book

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This introduction to the work of France's first ``immortelle'' draws on a considerable variety of sources, from radio interviews and correspondence to Jean Blot's Marguerite Yourcenar (Paris, 1980). Horn examines the various categories of Yourcenar's work-the early prose fiction, the two major novels (Memoires d'Hadrien, Paris, 1951, and L'Oeuvre au noir, Paris 1968), the autobiographical works, and other writings in diverse genres. Unfortunately, the retelling of plot and the arguments of the essays occupies far more space than criticism per se; as a result, little is given that the reader did not already know about Yourcenar. Nor are the accounts of other critics' reactions to Yourcenar's works properly integrated-the author limits himself to quoting, in each chapter, snippets (and fairly dull ones at that) from a few critical articles. The book provides a thorough critical bibliography and copious notes. It is true that Yourcenar has remained apart from the French literary scene, and is not easily classified. Yet one wishes that in a work about one of today's most significant literary figures there would emerge a cogent and stimulating notion of the writer-subject that would send the reader back to Yourcenar's texts with fresh understanding and enthusiasm. For undergraduates.-E.B. Cobb, Western Maryland College