Etel Adnan is a Lebanese poet, writer and visual artist. Besides her literary output, Adnan continues to produce visual works, which have been exhibited at galleries all over the world. She lives in Paris, France and Sausalito, California, United States.
Adnan, Etel was born on February 24, 1925 in Beirut, Lebanon. Daughter of Assaf Kadri (a military commander of the Ottoman Empire) and Rose Lily (Lacorté) Adnan.
She attended French convent schools in Beirut. She attended attended L’Ecole Superieure des Lettres in Beirut. She received a B.A. degree in 1950 and a degree in philosophy from University of Paris (also known as Sorbonne) in 1952. She also completed postgraduate studies in philosophy at University of California, Berkeley in 1955-1957 and Harvard University in 1957-1958.
She worked for the Bureau de la Presse in Beirut, Lebanon in 1941-1945. She served as a teacher of French literature for Al-Ahliya School for Girls in Beirut in 1947-1949. From 1958 till 1972 she was professor philosophy at Dominican College, San Rafael, California, Unite States. Then she worked as literary and culture editor at al-SAFA and L'Orient-Le Jour (French-language news-papers) in Beirut from 1972 till 1975. Since 1976 she worked as writer, painter in Sausalito, California.