"There is nothing, for example, of what I was doing during those difficult years"

Yourcenar published a "Prose Poem," Feux, in 1936 (translated by Dori Katz as Fires). She also published Nouvelles Orientales in 1938, a collection of short stories based on myths and legends from around the world; and Le Coup de Grace, set in the Russian Civil War and later to be adapted as a film by Volker Schlondorff.

She refers also to her private life and "the perpetual search for, or presence of, love." Marguerite Yourcenar and the American translator and heiress, Grace Frick, became lovers in 1937, and remained together until Frick's death in 1979.