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    Francine du Plessix Gray on Revising Historical Figures



    Francine du Plessix Gray on Revising Historical Figures
    The Graduate Center, CUNY - The Graduate Center, CUNY
    In her long and varied writing career, novelist Francine du Plessix Gray
    has been a fascinating cultural figure. She was born in Warsaw, spent
    her childhood in Paris, and grew up in New York. Regarded as a writer's
    writer notable for her distinguished personal history and freewheeling
    candor, she is a longtime contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, and the author of more than a dozen volumes of fiction and nonfiction, including her latest historical novel, The Queen's Lover; biographies of the Marquis de Sade and Simone Weil; and the memoir Them,
    about her mother (Tatiana Yakoleva, onetime lover and muse of the
    Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky) and her step-father (Alexander
    Liberman, legendary editorial director of Conde Nast).

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