An irresistible invitation to get inside one of the 20th century's most infamous, and most fascinating, relationships.
Simone de Beauvoir was born in 1908. She taught philosophy at the Sorbonne between 1931 and 1943, and afterwards became a full-time writer. Among her most important books are The Second Sex (1949), the novels She Came to Stay and The Mandarins and her great autobiographical writing from Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter to Old Age. All of these books have been translated into many languages, and The Second Sex is often seen as the founding text of modern feminism. De Beauvoir died in 1986.
Belying her public persona of the liberated woman, de Beauvoir's epistolary outpourings to longtime companion Jean-Paul Sartre reveal her obsessive need to record for him the minutest details of her life. (Apr.)
"There is more than a whiff of Les Liaisons Dangereuses about these pages" * Spectator * "This is a vivid piece of unexpurgated social history, and an opportunity to hear a vigorous and innovative thinker...speaking in her abrasive, touching, breathtakingly candid private voice" * Sunday Times *