William James Durant was born November 5, 1885 – died November 7, 1981.  Durant was an American philosopher, historian, and writer. He is best known for his authorship and co-authorship with his wife Ariel Durant of The Story of Civilization. More than twenty years after his death, Durant’s quote of “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within” appeared as the opening title of Mel Gibson’s film Apocalypto, comparing (in Gibson’s opinion) the decline of the Mayan Empire to the United State’s current political and cultural situations.


Original Will Durant Autographed Note, written on Will Durant 44 North Drive Great Neck, NY Stationary. Written: Good Wishes from Will Durant. Dated 3-11-31. Approx. size 6 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches. Regular Price – $ 399.99 / Sale Price – $ 199.99.

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