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Alice Laborde

Professor of French

UC Irvine

1922 –2010


Born in Provence, Alice Laborde worked as a medical assistant to her father in Algeria. She moved to Los Angeles with her husband and — a role model for career mothers — completed without delay her doctorate at UCLA while raising three children. The first person appointed in French at UCI in 1965, she taught with considerable success and directed a number of doctoral dissertations. A specialist in XVIIIth century literature, she authored several important books, notably L’Esthétique circéenne and studies on the Marquis de Sade. After retirement, she published Sade’s Correspondance and additional studies on the “divin marquis.”


Judd Hubert