Marguerite Yourcenar

1903 - 1987

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Marguerite Yourcenar (UK: , US: , French: [maʁɡ(ə)ʁit juʁsənaʁ] ; born Marguerite Antoinette Jeanne Marie Ghislaine Cleenewerck de Crayencour; 8 June 1903 – 17 December 1987) was a Belgian-born French novelist and essayist who became a US citizen in 1947. Winner of the Prix Femina and the Erasmus Prize, she was the first woman elected to the Académie Française, in 1980. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Marguerite Yourcenar has received more than 498,950 page views. Her biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Marguerite Yourcenar is the 345th most popular writer (up from 373rd in 2019), the 45th most popular biography from Belgium (up from 51st in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Belgian Writer.

Marguerite Yourcenar is most famous for her novel Memoirs of Hadrian.

Memorability Metrics

  • 500k

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  • 69.33

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 69

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 6.61

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.07

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Nouvelles orientales
Fires consists of nine monologues and narratives based on classical Greek stories. Antigone, Clytemnestra, Phaedo, Sappho are all mythical figures whose stories are mingled with contemporary themes. Interspersed are highly personal narratives, reflecting on a time of profound inner crisis in the author's life. "The unwritten novel among the fantasies and aphorisms of Fires is a classic tale."—Stephen Koch, New York Times Book Review
Comme l'eau qui coule
Mémoires d'Hadrien
Denier du rêve

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Over the past year Marguerite Yourcenar has had the most page views in the with 197,375 views, followed by Italian (72,087), and English (68,321). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Mingrelian (222.56%), Ido (114.68%), and Javanese (109.20%)


Among writers, Marguerite Yourcenar ranks 345 out of 7,302Before her are Callimachus, Nâzım Hikmet, Doris Lessing, Arthur Schnitzler, Luqman, and Henry Miller. After her are Apollonius of Rhodes, Max Brod, Karl May, Ezra Pound, Joseph Brodsky, and Ken Follett.

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Among people born in 1903, Marguerite Yourcenar ranks 14Before her are Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Mark Rothko, Habib Bourguiba, C. F. Powell, Fernandel, and Yasujirō Ozu. After her are Vladimir Horowitz, Adolf Butenandt, Andrey Kolmogorov, Kane Tanaka, Jan Tinbergen, and Anaïs Nin. Among people deceased in 1987, Marguerite Yourcenar ranks 10Before her are Carl Rogers, Primo Levi, John Howard Northrop, Louis de Broglie, Gunnar Myrdal, and Rita Hayworth. After her are Fred Astaire, Thomas Sankara, Walter Houser Brattain, Andrey Kolmogorov, Maria von Trapp, and William P. Murphy.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Marguerite Yourcenar ranks 45 out of 1,190Before her are César Franck (1822), Pepin of Herstal (635), Philippe of Belgium (1960), Hergé (1907), Victor Horta (1861), and Henry van de Velde (1863). After her are Henri La Fontaine (1854), Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568), Jules Bordet (1870), Simon Stevin (1548), Margaret of Parma (1522), and Julio Cortázar (1914).

Among WRITERS In Belgium

Among writers born in Belgium, Marguerite Yourcenar ranks 3Before her are Maurice Maeterlinck (1862), and Georges Simenon (1903). After her are Julio Cortázar (1914), Émile Verhaeren (1855), Marguerite Porete (1250), Pierre Louÿs (1870), Henri Michaux (1899), Laura Marx (1845), Victor Serge (1890), Georges Rodenbach (1855), and Hugo Claus (1929).