Francine du Plessix Gray on Revising Historical Figures
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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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