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Memoirs of Hadrian
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"In her brilliant 'psychological novel and meditation on history,' Marguerite Yourcenar has written an imaginatively daring and artistically persuasive 'self-portrait' of Hadrian."--Orville Prescott
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Historical novel by Marguerite Yourcenar, published in 1951 as Memoires d'Hadrien. In the book, Yourcenar creates a vivid and historically accurate portrait of the 2nd-century Roman Empire under Hadrian's rule. The work is a fictional first-person narrative in the form of Hadrian's letters--mostly to his nephew Marcus Aurelius--written shortly before his death. Contemplative and analytical recollections of his accomplishments, his hopes for Rome, and his personal relationships, the letters reveal Hadrian to be a highly intelligent, often wise man, conscious of the great power he wields. --The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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ISBN-10: 0374529264
ISBN-13: 978-0374529260
Author: Marguerite Yourcenar
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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