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Francoise Mallet-Joris

  Writer (b. Antwerp, July 6, 1930).Françoise Mallet-Joris was born as Françoise Lilar in 1930 in Antwerp. Her father, Albert Lilar, was Minister of Justice four times and Deputy Prime Minister under Gaston Eyskens in 1958-60. He was also an elected Senator for Antwerp and lectured in Law at the Free University of Brussels. Her mother, Suzanne Lilar, was a prize-winning French-language novelist, critic and playwright, noted as an early feminist and one of the first women elected to the Belgian Royal Academy of Literature. Françoise studied literature at the University of Philadelphia (USA) and at the University of Paris I – La Sorbonne, and became known in the literary world for her first novel, Le Rempart des Béguines which tells the story of a young woman’s lesbian love affair with her stepmother. Her novel Les Mensonges won the French Booksellers’ Prize in 1957, and L’Empire Céleste won the Fémina Prize in 1958. She was awarded the Prince of Monaco’s Prize in 1964 for the ensemble of her novels. She served as a member of the Fémina Prize jury from 1969 to 1971, and was elected to the Goncourt Academy in 1971. Her mother died in 1992, and in 1993, she was elected to her mother’s seat in the Belgian Royal Academy of Literature. She has been married twice and has four children.

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