Anka Muhlstein

Anka Muhlstein
Born 1935 (age 8081)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Notable awards Prix Goncourt (1996)
Spouse Francois Dujarric de la Rivière
Louis Begley (m. 1974)
Children Robert Dujarric (b. 1961)
Stéphane Dujarric (b. 1965)
Relatives Anatol Mühlstein (father)
Robert de Rothschild (maternal grandfather)
René Dujarric de la Rivière (father-in-law)

Anka Muhlstein (born 1935) is a historian and biographer.

Early life

Muhlstein was born to Anatol Mühlstein and Diane de Rothschild in Paris in 1935. During World War II, she stayed in New York City before returning to France in 1945.[1] She was married to Francois Dujarric de la Rivière, an investment adviser in Paris and son of Marcelle and René Dujarric de la Rivière, with whom she had two sons, Robert and Stéphane Dujarric.[2] In March 1974, she married Louis Begley, a lawyer and author, and moved back to New York with her two sons.[1]


Muhlstein has been honored twice by the French Academy’s prize for history, for her biographies on her ancestor James de Rothschild, the founder of the De Rothschild Frères, and the eighteenth century explorer Cavelier de La Salle.[3]

Muhlstein received the Goncourt prize in 1996 for biography for her work on the French writer Astolphe de Custine called A Taste for Freedom: The Life of Astolphe de Custine.[4] Muhlstein ’s other works include Par les yeux de Marcel Proust (1971), La Femme Soleil (1976), Victoria (1978), Manhattan (1986), Reines éphémères, Mères perpétuelles (2001), Les Périls du Mariage (2004), and Napoléon à Moscou (2007).

In 2008, she and her husband Begley released Venice for Lovers, a collection of essays they individually wrote about Venice.[5] Her Garcon, un cent d’huîtres (Balzac's Omelet in English), a study of the role of gastronomy in the novels of Balzac, was published in 2010.[6]


  1. 1 2 "Anka Muhlstein: Monsieur Proust's Library". The Center for Fiction. November 20, 2012.
  2. "Weddings; Ilaria Quadrani, Stephane Dujarric". New York Times. June 4, 1995.
  3. "Long Islanders; A Rothschild Story with a Difference". New York Times. October 16, 1983.
  4. "Log In | Hennepin County Library | BiblioCommons". Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  5. "Short Takes". Boston Globe. November 30, 2008.
  6. "The Novelist Who Loved Food". New York Times. December 2, 2011.
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