Oriental Tales by Marguerite Yourcenar

Oriental Tales by Marguerite Yourcenar. Translated by Alberto Manguel. 1985 Farrar Straus Giroux paperback, later printing (c/r 1938), 147 pages. Yourcenar was a gay French novelist and translator, notably of Virginia Woolf. Much of her work was translated by her partner Grace Frick while Frick was alive. According to the New York Times: "Marguerite Yourcenar, who was born in 1903 and died in 1987, was the last echo of a heroic chorus of European writers that included Thomas Mann and Andre Gide, older men whom she particularly admired and whose work influenced hers. Like them, she was a philosophical writer with a deep and wide culture, a moralist with a taste for historical perspectives and a virtuoso equally at home in novels, stories and essays (she also wrote rather bad plays and poems)." This collection contains twelve stories.

Condition: VG

"Ling had not been born to trot down roads, following an old man who seized the dawn and captured the dusk."

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