Jean D’Ormesson was born in Paris in 1925 and attended the École normale supérieure, where he studied literature, history, and philosophy. His first novel, L’amour est un plaisir, was published in 1956, and in 1971 The Glory of the Empire won the Grand Prize for fiction from the Académie française. He has served as chairman of the board of the newspaper Le Figaro and secretary-general and president of the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies at UNESCO. The recipient of numerous distinctions, he was elected to the Académie française in 1973 and was presented the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor in 2014. He divides his time between Paris and Corsica.