Denyse Marchesseau was born in Lyon France in 1922. Her father was a professor of Literature at the Sorbonne.
Mme. Marchesseau obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Caen and the Sorbonne in classical and modern languages and French literature. She also completed a graduate fellowship in American Studies at Bryn Mawr, PA.
Early in her career Denyse Marchesseau taught in Paris and worked as a translator and interpreter. She also taught in the United States at Randolph-Macon Women’s College, Hollins College, and William and Mary College. Mme. Marchesseau taught French literature with verve and an intimate knowledge of the language and material. Her style and eloquence made her classes fascinating and memorable. Her students considered her to be a superior teacher and mentor.
After retiring from teaching in the U.S., Denyse Marchesseau returned to Nice, France. She passed away in Nice on September 19, 2000, at the age of 78.