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Date of Birth 5 November 1885North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death 7 November 1981Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameWilliam James Durant

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Will Durant was the left-wing philosopher-historian who labored on his epic, multi-volume "The Story of Civilization" by himself, and then with his wife Ariel, for half a century. The son of French Canadian immigrants from Quebec, Durant first planned to study for the priesthood, but an interest in socialism and biology thwarted those plans. He became a teacher and a writer. "The Story of Civilization" evolved out of a series of pamphlets he wrote for the education of workers.

For "Rousseau and Revolution" (1967), the 10th volume of "The Story of Civilization," Will and Ariel Durant were awarded the Pulitzer Prize. They died within two weeks of each other in 1981.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

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Ariel Durant (31 October 1913 - 25 October 1981) (her death)

Trivia (1)

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 247-250. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.

Personal Quotes (1)

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

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