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WILL DURANT - CHECK SIGNED 12/07/1948 CO-SIGNED BY: MRS. JOSEPH DURANT, ETHEL GLADYS DURANT - DOCUMENT 317477

 

WILL DURANT
The philosopher and historian signs a $50 check made out to Mrs. Joseph Durant, Jr.
Check signed: "W. J. Durant", 7x3. Los Angeles, California, 1948 December 7. Check #1161, drawn on his personal account at Security First National Bank of Los Angeles, payable to "Mrs. Joseph Durant Jr." for $50. Entirely filled out by Durant. Endorsed on verso: "Mrs. Joseph Durant Jr", "E Gladys Durant". Historian/philosopher William James "Will" Durant (1885-1981) was a young teacher when he met Ariel (1898-1981), a Russian Jewish immigrant and talented student. As a team, they became the most popular and among the most influential historians of the twentieth century. Their 11-volume Story of Civilization, published over forty years (1935-1975) extended from prehistory to the nineteenth century, and was lauded for its fine writing as well as its ideas. Winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Medal of Freedom, the Durants produced such other influential works as An Invitation to Philosophy, Heroes of History and a dual autobiography. This check was probably made out to a relative, but a family biography is currently unavailable. Durant's father was Joseph Durant, his mother Mary. Will and Ariel had a daughter, Ethel, and an adopted son, Louis. Mrs. Joseph Durant, Jr. may have been a sister in law. Perforation marks. Creased from folds. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.


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WILL DURANT
Born: November 5, 1885 in North Adams, Massachusetts
Died: November 7, 1981 in Los Angeles, California


Film Credits
1987 My Philosophy (Other), 1982 The Taj Mahal (in person), 1981 Reds (in person), 1964 The Fall of the Roman Empire (Other)


ETHEL GLADYS DURANT
Born: Circa 1919
Died: Circa 1986 in Los Angeles, California





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