| Ariel Durant|| Writer|
| October 25, 1981, Los Angeles, California, United States|
Will Durant (m. 1913–1981)
Louis Durant, Ethel Durant
Ethel Appel Kaufman, Joseph Kaufman
Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, Presidential Medal of Freedom
The Age of Reason Begins: T, Rousseau and Revolutio, The Story of Civilization, A Dual Autobiography, Interpretations of Life: A Survey of
Ariel Durant (; 10 May 1898 – 25 October 1981) was a Ukrainian-born American researcher and writer and the coauthor of The Story of Civilization with her husband Will Durant.
Born in Proskurov, Russian Empire (now Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine) as Chaya Kaufman to Jewish parents Ethel Appel Kaufman and Joseph Kaufman. The family emigrated to the United States in 1901. She met her future husband when she was a student at Ferrer Modern School in New York City. He was then a teacher at the school, but resigned his post to marry Ariel, who was 15 at the time of the wedding, on October 31, 1913.
The Durants were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1968 for Rousseau and Revolution, the tenth volume of The Story of Civilization. In 1977 they were presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Gerald Ford, and Ariel was named "Woman of the Year" by the city of Los Angeles.
The Durants wrote a 420-page joint autobiography, published by Simon & Schuster in 1978 (A Dual Autobiography; later ISBN 0-671-23078-6).
The Durants died within two weeks of each other in 1981 and are buried at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
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