Francine du Plessix Gray

Francine du Plessix Gray was an American author and critic known for her works of fiction and nonfiction. Born on September 25, 1930, in Warsaw, Poland, she moved to the United States during World War II. Gray wrote for several prominent publications, including 'The New Yorker,' and was recognized for her keen insights into culture, society, and personal relationships. Her notable works include 'At Home with the Marquis de Sade: A Life' and 'Them: A Memoir of Parents.' She passed away on January 13, 2019.


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  1. 1. World Without End

    "World Without End" is a historical novel that delves into the lives of three remarkable French figures: the philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal, his devoutly religious sister Jacqueline, and their father, Étienne. The narrative explores the complex dynamics within the Pascal family, set against the backdrop of 17th-century France—a time rife with political intrigue, religious conflict, and intellectual fervor. Through meticulous research and rich storytelling, the book paints a vivid portrait of the Pascal family's struggles and triumphs, highlighting their profound impact on both religious and scientific thought.

    The 6987th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Them: A Memoir Of Parents

    "Them: A Memoir of Parents" is a compelling exploration of the author's complex relationship with her glamorous and larger-than-life parents. The author delves into her mother's past as a Russian émigré and fashion icon, and her stepfather's career as a renowned magazine editor. The memoir is a study of the glittering world of mid-20th century New York, the impact of war and displacement, the power dynamics in her parents' marriage, and the author's struggle to carve out her own identity amidst these overwhelming personalities.

    The 8445th Greatest Book of All Time