Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar

Memoirs of Hadrian is a novel by the French writer Marguerite Yourcenar about the life and death of Roman Emperor Hadrian. The book was first published in France in French in 1951 as Mémoires d'Hadrien, and was an immediate success, meeting with enormous critical acclaim. The historical Hadrian did write an autobiography, but it has been lost. The book takes the form of a letter to Hadrian's cousin and eventual successor "Mark" (Marcus Aurelius). The emperor meditates on military triumphs, love of poetry and music, philosophy, and his passion for his lover Antinous, all in a manner not inconsistent with Gustave Flaubert's "melancholy of the antique world."

The 211th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 13th on El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors (El Pais)
  2. - 60th on In Which These Are the 100 Greatest Novels (ThisRecording.com)
  3. - 80th on 100 Essential Books (Bravo! Magazine)
  4. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  5. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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Memorias de Adriano / Memoirs of Hadrian (Spanish Edition) Paperback 17010068 $2.99 2006
Memorias de Adriano / Memoirs of Hadrian (Spanish Edition) Paperback 715365 $13.24 $12.99 2009
Memoirs of Hadrian (FSG Classics) Paperback 13844 $8.71 $7.49 2005
Memorias De Adriano Paperback 11211995 $40.00 $20.00
Memorias De Adriano Paperback 11013001 $11.80 1994
Memorias de Adriano (Literatura Contemporanea) Paperback 10594549 $15.87
Memorias de Adriano / Adriano's Memories (Narrativa Historica) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 9973279 $36.00 $9.95
Memorias de Adriano/ Adriano's Memories (Spanish Edition) Paperback 6433800 $21.40
Memorias de Adriano Paperback 10218342 $13.42
Memorias de Adriano [Memoirs of Hadrian] Audible Audiobook 95911 $14.05 2019
Memoirs Of Hadrian Paperback 1805922 $1.11
Modern Classics Memoirs Of Hadrian Paperback 5134248 $92.16 $0.01 1987
Memoirs of Hadrian (Modern Library Giant) Hardcover 630850 $57.98 $14.91 1984
Memorias de Adriano / Adriano's Memories (Spanish Edition) Paperback 865353 $22.98 $22.98
Memorias de Adriano Paperback 3615255 $18.99 $9.99 1955
Memorias de adriano (Spanish Edition) Hardcover 2443762 $30.58 $30.43 1996
By Marguerite Yourcenar - Memoirs of Hadrian (4/18/05) Paperback 746574 $35.93 $25.86 2005
Memoirs of Hadrian Paperback 1030983 $12.00 $0.01 1963
Memorias de Adriano / Memoirs of Hadrian (Spanish Edition) Hardcover 9429887 $24.70 2005
The Memoirs of Hadrian (Modern Library) Hardcover 924620 $29.99 $8.79 1995