Ariel Durant, who at 15 rollerskated to New York City Hall from her home in Harlem to marry Will Durant and embark with him on a long collaboration in the writing of history that would win them a Pulitzer Prize, died Sunday night in her Hollywood Hills home, it was announced Monday. She was 83.
Her death came more than six years after the couple finished their magnum opus, "The Story of Civilization," witn an 11th volume, "The Age of Napoleon." The 10th volume, "Rosseau and Revolution," received the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1968.
The "Civilization" set, long a bonus offering of the Book-of-the-month Club, serves as the cornerstone of family libraries all over America.
After the publication of the Napoleon-era book in 1975, the Durants had toyed with the idea of writing another "Civilization" volume, which Will said they might title "The Age of Darwin," but decided against it.
For the 11-volume series, Mrs. Durant pored over 5,000 books, jotting down facts on colored slips of paper for Will, who told the story in 2 million words.
Ariel collaborated with her husband on eight books. Will wrote an additional 17 books on his own.