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Marguerite Yourcenar (1903 – 87), is widely considered one of the most important writers of the 20th century
Marguerite Yourcenar, one of the respected writers in French language, was a Belgian-born French novelist and essayist. Winner of the Prix Femina and the Erasmus Prize, she was the first woman elected to the Académie française in 1980 (since its founding in 1635. She published many novels, essays, poems, and volumes of memoirs. She moved to the US in 1939 and shared 40 years of her life with Grace Frick, her American companion, until Frick’s death in 1979.
Yourcenar and Frick’s, both supported causes like the Civil Rights Movement and Nature conservation.