Durant, Will

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Will Durant
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Durant, Will Gender: M
Durant, William James
born on 5 November 1885 at 12:30 (= 12:30 PM )
Place North Adams MA, USA, 42n42, 73w06
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: McEvoy
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 13°30' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 29°36 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 03°11'


American historian and educator. He studied for the priesthood while working as a professor of Latin and French. Disillusioned, he left in 1911 and moved to New York, rebelling as a radical anarchist. In 1917, he completed his Ph.D.

Durant published "The Story of Philosophy" in 1926. When it became a best-seller, it allowed him to write full time. With his wife and coauthor, Ariel, he published the first volume of their famed "The Story of Civilization" in 1935, a series that they continued to 1967, when they won the Pulitzer Prize. They moved to Los Angeles in 1935 where they wrote and researched, living a secluded life style, writing and researching other than occasional lectures.

He died on Nov. 7, 1981 in, Los Angeles while recovering from surgery less than two weeks after his beloved wife and partner passed away at their home. He had just turned 96.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • spouse relationship with Durant, Ariel (born 10 May 1898). Notes: Happy


  • Work : Prize 1967 (Pulitzer Prize)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1926 (The Story of Philosophy)

Source Notes

Frances McEvoy quotes him


  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (History, philosophy)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Latin and French)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Historian)
  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (Ph.D.)
  • Vocation : Writers : Religion/ Philosophy (Philosophy, Civilization)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One, lasting)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Long term)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage - Compatible (Common interests)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Rejection/ Leave church (Left the church)