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Gray, Francine du Plessix

Overview
Works: 84 works in 341 publications in 12 languages and 12,456 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Biographies  History  Domestic fiction  Biographical fiction  Historical fiction  Romance fiction  Psychological fiction  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Other, Photographer
Classifications: PS3557.R294, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Francine du Plessix Gray
Soviet women : walking the tightrope by Francine du Plessix Gray( Book )

34 editions published between 1989 and 1993 in 7 languages and held by 1,515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses conditions in the Soviet Union affecting women and presents their viewpoints on equality
The queen's lover by Francine du Plessix Gray( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The love story between Swedish aristocrat Count Axel von Fersen and Marie Antoinette begins at a masquerade ball in Paris in 1774, when the dashing nobleman first meets the mesmerizing nineteen-year-old dauphine, wife of the reclusive prince who will soon become Louis XVI. This electric encounter launches an affair that will span the course of the French Revolution. As their relationship deepens, Fersen becomes a devoted companion to the entire royal family. Roaming the halls of Versailles and visiting the private haven of Le Petit Trianon, he discovers the deepest secrets of the court, even learning the startling erotic details of Marie Antoinette's marriage to Louis XVI. But his new intimacy with Marie Antoinette and her family is disrupted when the events of the American Revolution tear Fersen away. Moved by the cause, he joins French troops in the fight for American independence. He returns to find France on the brink of disintegration. After the Revolution of 1789, the royal family is moved from Versailles to the Tuileries. Fersen devises an escape for the family and their young children (Marie-Thérèse and the dauphin -- whom many suspect is in fact Fersen's son). The failed attempt leads to a more grueling imprisonment and the family spends its excruciating final days captive before the king and queen face the guillotine. Grieving his lost love in his native Sweden, Fersen begins to sense the effects of the French Revolution in his homeland. Royalists are now targets, and he is viewed as a pivotal member of the ruling class
Simone Weil by Francine du Plessix Gray( Book )

21 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Simone Weil, du Plessix Gray vividly evokes the life a patriot, mystic, and activist, a pampered intellectual who believed in the redemptive value of manual labor, an ascetic who craved sensuous beauty, the daughter of a secular Jewish family who yearned to enter the Catholic Church, Simone Weil died at the age of thirty-four after a long struggle with anorexia. But her tremendous intellectual legacy foreshadowed many of the twentieth century's great changes and continues to influence religious thought today. Du Plessix Gray's biography traces Weil's transformation from privileged Parisian student to union organizer, activist, and philosopher, as well as the complex evolution of her ideas on Christianity, politics, and sexuality. This subtle and compelling biography illuminates an enigmatic figure and early feminist whose passion and pathos will fascinate a wide audience. her ideas on Christianity, politics, & sexuality. In this thoughtful & compelling biography, du Plessix Gray illuminates an enigmatic figure & early feminist whose passion & pathos will fascinate a wide audience of readers
Lovers and tyrants by Francine du Plessix Gray( Book )

36 editions published between 1967 and 1988 in 6 languages and held by 1,185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephanie is brought from France to America during World War II, here she meets and marries an American; but, she grows restless and takes to a life of drugs and nonstop sex
At home with the Marquis de Sade : a life by Francine du Plessix Gray( Book )

21 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and French and held by 1,057 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the vast literature inspired by the marquis's fictional and real-life libertinism, relatively little attention has been given the two women who were closest to him: Renee-Pelagie de Sade, his adoring wife for more than a quarter of a century, and his powerful mother-in-law, Madame de Montreuil. Gray brings to life these two remarkable women and their complex relationship with Sade as they dedicated themselves, each in her own way, to protecting him from the law, curbing his excesses, and ultimately confining him
Them : a memoir of parents by Francine du Plessix Gray( Book )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in English and Russian and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tatiana du Plessix, the wife of a French diplomat, was a beautiful, sophisticated "white Russian" who had been the muse of the famous Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. Alexander Liberman, the ambitious son of a prominent Russian Jew, was a gifted magazine editor and aspiring artist. As part of the progressive artistic Russian emigre community living in Paris in the 1930s, the two were destined to meet. They began a passionate affair, and the year after Paris was occupied in World War II they fled to New York with Tatiana's young daughter, Francine. There they determinedly rose to the top of high society, holding court to a Who's Who list of the midcentury's intellectuals and entertainers. Flamboyant and outrageous, bold and brilliant, they were irresistible to friends like Marlene Dietrich, Salvador Dali, and the publishing tycoon Conde Nast. But to those who knew them well they were also highly neurotic, narcissistic, and glacially self-promoting, prone to cut out of their lives, with surgical precision, close friends who were no longer of use to them. Tatiana became an icon of New York fashion, and the hats she designed for Saks Fifth Avenue were de rigueur for stylish women everywhere. Alexander Liberman, who devotedly raised Francine as his own child from the time she was nine, eventually came to preside over the entire Conde Nast empire. The glamorous life they shared was both creative and destructive and was marked by an exceptional bond forged out of their highly charged love and raging self-centeredness. Their obsessive adulation of success and elegance was elevated to a kind of worship, and the high drama that characterized their lives followed them to their deaths. Tatiana, increasingly consumed with nostalgia for a long-lost Russia, spent her last years addicted to painkillers. Shortly after her death, Alexander, then age eighty, shocked all who knew him by marrying her nurse. Them: A Portrait of Parents is a beautifully written homage to the extraordinary lives of two fascinating, irrepressible people who were larger than life emblems of a bygone age. Written with honesty and grace by the person who knew them best, this generational saga is a survivor's story. Tatiana and Alexander survived the Russian Revolution, the fall of France, and New York's factory of fame. Their daughter, Francine, survived them
World without end : a novel by Francine du Plessix Gray( Book )

12 editions published between 1981 and 1983 in English and Dutch and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The novel begins and ends in Nantucket, but roams forty years of American culture from the 1940's to the 1980's through the lives of three friends whose paths diverge and converge. Edmund, Claire, and Sophie, friends--and sometimes lovers--for thirty years, travel to the Soviet Union, hoping to plan for the last third of their lives and to resolve the struggles and confusions of the previous three decades
Rage and fire : a life of Louise Colet, pioneer feminist, literary star, Flaubert's muse by Francine du Plessix Gray( Book )

17 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written in a novelistic, richly detailed style but researched with meticulous scholarship, this biography portrays the complexities of a woman who ascended to fame and literary respectability through her talent and a willful spirit that refused to acknowledge the word "no."
Divine disobedience : profiles in Catholic radicalism by Francine du Plessix Gray( Book )

20 editions published between 1969 and 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hawaii: the sugar-coated fortress by Francine du Plessix Gray( Book )

11 editions published between 1972 and 1973 in English and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Madame de Staël : the first modern woman by Francine du Plessix Gray( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the great literary forces of her age or any age, Germaine de Stael was born into the political and intellectual aristocracy of her time. The daughter of Jacques Necker, Louis XVI's finance minister; she married Sweden's ambassador to the French court and for two decades held the limelight as a political figure and prolific writer. Admittedly not a beauty, she was nonetheless notoriously seductive and enjoyed whirlwind affairs with some of the most influential men of her time. She was demonized by Napoleon for her forthrightness, her powerful intellect, and her prestigious salon, a hothouse of subversive ideas and sexual intrigue. The Emperor exiled her, on and off, for the last two decades of her life." "Madame de Stael - force of nature, exuberant idealist, and ultimate enthusiast - waged a lifelong struggle against all that was tyrannical, cynical, or passionless in her time; and left a legacy of enlightened liberalism that radiated throughout Europe during the nineteenth century."--Jacket
October blood by Francine du Plessix Gray( Book )

10 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and French and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adam & Eve and the city : selected non-fiction by Francine du Plessix Gray( Book )

6 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The burden of the Berrigans( Book )

2 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The queen's lover by Francine du Plessix Gray( Recording )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gray crafts a sweeping tale about the infamous affair between Marie Antoinette and Swedish nobleman Count Axel Von Fersen. In 1774, the 19-year-old Dauphine of France meets the handsome Count at a masquerade ball in Paris, igniting a decades-long romance that lasts into the French Revolution
Was wir träumen, wenn wir lieben : das Leben der Louise Colet - Literatin, Feministin, Geliebte Flauberts by Francine du Plessix Gray( Book )

4 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in German and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mon cher volcan, ou, La vie passionnée de Louise Colet by Francine du Plessix Gray( Book )

4 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in French and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marqués de Sade : una vida by Francine du Plessix Gray( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in Spanish and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simone Weil by Francine du Plessix Gray( Recording )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the life of the twentieth-century philosopher whose intellectual legacy foresaw many of the twentieth century's great changes and continues to influence philosophy today
Surfacing by Margaret Atwood( Book )

5 editions published between 1979 and 1984 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young woman returns to northern Quebec with her lover and two friends to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her father. But as the remote island exerts its elemental hold, she realises what she is really looking for is her own past
 
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Simone WeilLovers and tyrantsAt home with the Marquis de Sade : a lifeThem : a memoir of parentsRage and fire : a life of Louise Colet, pioneer feminist, literary star, Flaubert's museMadame de Staël : the first modern womanMarqués de Sade : una vidaSimone WeilSurfacing
Alternative Names
Dju Plessi Grej, Frensis 1930-

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Du Plessix Gray, Francine.

Du Plessix-Gray, Francine 1930-

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Francine du Plessix Gray American writer

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Грей Ф. дю П. 1930-

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