Will Durant

Updated: 21.08.2014


Born: 05.11.1885, North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
Passed away: 07.11.1981,Los Angeles, California, USA


William James Durant was an American writer, historian, and philosopher. He is best known for The Story of Civilization, 11 volumes written in collaboration with his wife Ariel Durant and published between 1935 and 1975.

He was earlier noted for The Story of Philosophy, written in 1926, described as "a groundbreaking work that helped to popularize philosophy".

Will and Ariel Durant were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1968 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977.

Spouse: Ariel Durant (m. 1913–1981)
Children: Ethel Durant, Louis Durant
Education: Columbia University, Saint Peter's College, New Jersey


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