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Interesting Facts about Jacqueline Harpman, An Award-winning Belgian Writer and Psychoanalyst



Jacqueline Harpman

Google animated Doodle honors award-winning Belgian writer and psychoanalyst Jacqueline Harpman on July 5, 2024. She is one of Belgium’s most significant and enduring authors, having published over 15 novels and winning numerous literary awards. On this day in 1929, Harpman was born in Etterbeek, Brussels, Belgium. Here are some interesting and amazing facts about Jacqueline Harpman that you should need to know.

Celebrating Jacqueline Harpman Google Doodle
Google Doodle on Celebrating Jacqueline Harpman

Here is a look at the life and work of Jacqueline Harpman.

Who was Jacqueline Harpman?

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  • Birth date: 5 July 1929
  • Birthplace: Etterbeek, Brussels, Belgium
  • Died on: 24 May 2012 (aged 82)
  • Death place: Brussels, Belgium
  • Nationality: Belgian
  • Citizenship: French, Belgian
  • Famous as: Writer

15 Interesting Facts about Jacqueline Harpman

  1. Born in Etterbeek, Belgium, on July 5, 1929, Jacqueline Harpman became well-known for her French-language novels.
  2. Due to the Nazi invasion during World War Two, Harpman’s family—her father being a Jewish man of Dutch descent—flew to Casablanca, Morocco, and they did not return home until the war was over.
  3. Before her family moved back to Belgium in 1945, she was raised in Casablanca, Morocco for most of her childhood. Harpman studied French Literature during school and aspired to be a doctor. However, she had to drop out of medical school because she had tuberculosis.
  4. About 1954, Jacqueline Harpman decided to become a writer. Her first work, L’Amour et l’acacia, was published in 1958 after she started writing in 1954.
  5. Her first book, L’Amour et Acacia (Love and the Acacia), was published after four years of writing.
  6. Her second book, Brève Arcadie, took home the Prix Rossel, a renowned literary prize in Belgium, in 1959.
  7. Jacqueline Harpman used her writing to explore human nature, whether it was by creating surreal body swap scenarios or writing about characters in captivity.
  8. Her interest in the unconscious mind persisted throughout her literary career, and she subsequently trained as a psychoanalyst. She took a twenty-year hiatus to concentrate on psychology in 1966.
  9. She became certified as a psychoanalyst in 1980. Her first English-language book, I Who Have Never Known Men, was first released under the title The Mistress of Silence.
  10. She authored eight books in the 1990s, including the 1996 book Orlanda, which was awarded the Prix Médicis, a French award given annually to an underrated writer.
  11. Jacqueline Harpman kept writing into her later years, and when her last book, Moi qui n’ai pas connu les hommes (I who have never known men), went viral online, she attracted the attention of a new generation of readers.
  12. Jacqueline Harpman died in Brussels, Belgium on May 24, 2012, after having been severely ill for a long time. She was 82.
  13. To honor her contributions to Belgian culture, the city of Brussels named a street in her honor in 2019.
  14. Authors today and in the future are encouraged by Harpman’s legacy to delve into the human condition in their works.
  15. On 5th July 2024, Google featured a Google Doodle on its homepage to celebrate Jacqueline Harpman.
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