Date: February 24, 2009
Department: Foreign Literature & Languages
Delay, the daughter of Marie-Madeleine Carrez and Jean Delay, was born in Paris on March 19, 1941. She completed her studies at the lycée Jean de la Fontaine and at the Sorbonne. She majored in Spanish studies but oriented herself to general and comparative literature which she taught at l'université de la Sorbonne-Nouvelle.
At the age of twenty, she played the role of Jeanne d'Arc in Robert Bresson's Procès de Jeanne d'Arc. She later collaborated with filmmakers Chris Marker, Hugo Santiago, Benoit Jacquot and Michel Deville as an actress, narrator or writer.
At the age of thirty, she published her first novel, Minuit sur les jeux. She has received such prestigious awards as le prix Femina in 1983 for Riche et légère, le prix François for Etxemendi in 1990 and in 1999, le grand prix du roman de la Ville de Paris and le prix de l'Essai de l'Académie française for Dit Nerval.
Her list of achievements are numerous and include being an assistant to George Wilson at T.N.P. (1963-1964); translating La Celestine de Rojas performed at the Festival d'Avignon; and later at the theater at l'Odeon, translating the works of the golden century of Calderon de la Barca and Lope de Vega which became part of the repertoire of la Comédie française, compiling with Jacques Rouboud form 1977 to 2005 a series of ten plays based on the Arthurian legend, Graal théâtre, etc.
She has been a drama critic with N.R.F. (1978-1985), a judge for the prix Femina (1978-1982), a member of the reading panel for Éditions Gallimand (1979-1987) and a member of the editorial board of la revue Critique (1978-1995). On December 14, 2000, she was elected to l'Academie française to the chair previously held by Jean Guitton.
The cost of the event which covers the cost of the meal and lecture is $16. Reservations must be received by March 16, 2009. Checks made out to the Richelieu Club can be sent to: Maria Sanguinetti, 6 Cindy Lane, New Bedford, MA 02740. If you have any questions regarding the event please contact Mrs. Sanguinetti at (508)991-5096.