Diane de Margerie

Diane Jacquin de Margerie (born 24 December 1927) is a French woman of letters and translator from English.

Biography

Diane de Margerie is the daughter of Jenny Fabre-Luce (1896–1991) and Roland de Margerie[1] (1899–1990). Her father was the nephew of writer Edmond Rostand and the cousin of Gérard Mante, who married Marcel Proust's niece. Her mother was loved by Austrian writer Rilke.

Diane de Margerie is Bertrand de Margerie's sister (1923–2003), a Jesuit and theologian, and Emmanuel de Margerie (1924-1991), ambassador.

She first married Prince Ricardo Pignatelli della Leonessa (1927–1985). A son was born in 1952, Fabrizio Pignatelli della Leonessa. She marries in second marriage the writer Dominique Fernandez; the couple had a son, Ramon Fernandez, and a daughter, Laetitia Fernandez.

A novelist, literary critic, short story writer, biographer, translator, de Margerie is the author of a diverse work.

Once a member of the Prix Femina jury, she has received several awards. She lived in China and Italy.

Her work leaves much room for autobiography. In La Femme en pierre (1989), de Margerie celebrates the cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, the city where she lives. With 'Isola, Retour des îles Galapagos, she recounts, in a poetic style, her impressions of travel.

Work

  • 1974: Le Détail révélateur, novel, Flammarion, Paris
  • 1976: Le Paravent des enfers, novel, Flammarion
  • 1979: L’Arbre de Jessé, novel, Flammarion
  • 1979: La Volière, récit, Éditions Balland, Paris
  • 1980: Ailleurs et autrement, short stories, Flammarion
  • 1982: Duplicités, short stories, Flammarion
  • 1985: Le Ressouvenir, Flammarion
  • 1989: La Femme en pierre, Éditions Gallimard, coll. « L'un et l'autre », Paris
  • 1992: Marcel Proust (Marcel et Léonie), Christian Pirot
  • 1994: Le Jardin secret de Marcel Proust, album, photographs by André Martin, Albin Michel, Paris
  • 1996: Dans la spirale, Gallimard, coll. « Haute Enfance », Paris
  • 1997: Bestiaire insolite du Japon, Albin Michel
  • 1998: Autour de Gustave Moreau, Christian Pirot
  • 2000: Edith Wharton, lecture d'une vie, biography
  • 2001: Maintenant, Mercure de France, Paris
  • 2003: Isola, Retour des îles Galapagos, Éditions Pauvert, Paris
  • 2004: Aurore et George, biography, Albin Michel
  • 2006: L’Étranglée, novel, Mercure de France
  • 2007: Noces d'encre, essay, Philippe Rey
  • 2010: Proust et l’obscur, essay, Albin Michel
  • 2012: Passion de l’énigme, Mercure de France
  • 2013: Éclats d’insomnie, Éditions Grasset
  • 2016: De la grenouille au papillon, Arléa
  • 2016: A la recherche de Robert Proust, Flammarion

Prizes and distinctions

References

  1. Roland de Margerie, Tous mes adieux sont faits, Mémoires inédits de Roland de Margerie, five-volume edition prepared by Laure de Margerie-Meslay, New York, 2012
  2. Archives of the nominations in the ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
  3. https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000018800905
  4. "Décret du 3 avril 2015 portant promotion et nomination" (in French). Retrieved 4 January 2017.
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