Born: November 5, 1885
Died: November 7, 1981
Occupation: Historian, writer, philosopher, teacher
Biography: William James Durant was a prolific American writer, historian, and philosopher. He is best known for The Story of Civilization, 11 volumes written in collaboration with his wife Ariel Durant and published between 1935 and 1975. He was earlier noted for The Story of Philosophy, written in 1926, which one observer described as a groundbreaking work that helped to popularize philosophy.