Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe)

Today is writer Maryse Condé’s birthday.

Maryse Condé, née Maryse Boucolon, was born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe on February 11, 1937. In 1953 she was sent by her parents to Paris, where she was educated at Lycée Fénéleon and then at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, where she majored in English.

In 1958 she married Mamadou Condé, a Guinean actor, and moved to Africa, where she taught in various countries including Guinea, Ghana, and Senegal. In 1968 Condé moved to London to work as a program producer for the BBC. Later, in Paris, she taught at various branches of the Université de Paris system. In 1975 Condé received a doctoral degree in comparative literature. Condé has had a distinguished academic career. Besides her teaching experiences at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, Jussieu, and Nanterre, she has taught at UCLA, University of California-Berkeley, the University of Virginia, and Columbia University, of which she is Professor Emeritus of French.

A prolific writer, she is the author of Heremakhonon (1976), Ségou (2 volumes, 1984-1985), Moi, Tituba, sorcière noire de Salem (1986), La vie scélérate (1987), Traversée de la mangrove (1989), Desirada (1997), Le Coeur à rire et à pleurer, contes vrais de mon enfance (1999), Célanire cou-coupé (2000), La Belle Créole (2001), and Histoire de la femme cannibale (2003), among many others.

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