Sto­ried au­thor Ed­monde Charles-Roux dies at 95

Editor of Elle and Vogue mag­a­zines be­fore turn­ing to lit­er­a­ture

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

Ed­monde Charles-Roux, a French writer who was among the found­ing edi­tors of Elle mag­a­zine and a long­time editor of Vogue be­fore turn­ing to lit­er­a­ture, has died. She was 95.

The Academie Gon­court, whose prize she won with her novel “To For­get Palermo,” said she died late Wed­nes­day in her home­town of Mar­seille.

The daugh­ter of a diplo­mat who spent most of her child­hood out­side France, Charles-Roux ob­tained a nurs­ing de­gree in 1939 when World War II broke out.

She was wounded in a bomb­ing in 1940 and ul­ti­mately was hon­oured by the French For­eign Le­gion.

At the war’s end, she worked for the newly founded Elle, be­fore ul­ti­mately be­com­ing chief editor of Vogue un­til 1966.

She was forced out, ac­cord­ing to the news­pa­per Le Monde, when she wanted to put a non­white woman on the mag­a­zine’s cover.

Her first novel was pub­lished that year to ac­claim.

She went on to write bi­ogra­phies as well as fic­tion, be­fore be­com­ing first a mem­ber of the Academie Gon­court and then its pres­i­dent.


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