Ariel Durant

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Birthday
10, 1898
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Oct 25, 1981 (83)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
10, 1898
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Oct 25, 1981 (83)

About

Russian-American historical writer who co-wrote a multi-volume work entitled The Story of Civilization. The work's tenth volume, Rousseau and Revolution, received the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.

Before Fame

She was born to a Jewish family in the Russian Empire (in what is modern-day Ukraine). Durant -- then known as Chaya Kaufman -- moved to the United States at the age of three.

Trivia

In 1978, she and her husband published a joint memoir.

Family Life

She met her husband and Story of Civilization co-author, Will Durant, while he was teaching and she was studying at New York's Ferrer Modern School. The couple married when Ariel Durant was only fifteen years old.

Associated With

She and her husband were awarded the 1977 Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Gerald R. Ford.