The publication of de Beauvoir's letters to Sartre caused a storm of controversy in Paris in 1990. Frank and uncensored, they show her experimenting with her freedom within her love for Sartre, and trace the emotional and triangular complications of her life with him.
In 1983 de Beauvoir published Sartre's letters, and when asked about her own letters to him, she replied that they had been lost. But after her death, her literary executor and adopted daughter, Sylvie Le Bon Beauvoir, stumbled upon a parcel of faded letters addressed to "Monsieur Sartre". The publication of these letters caused a storm of controversy in Paris, because they seemed to reveal de Beauvoir as a manipulative and dependent women. What comes through strongly is that she was vulnerable, passionate, jealous and committed. Frank and uncensored, they show de Beauvoir experimenting with her freedom within her love for Sartre, and trace the emotional and triangular complications of her life with him.
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.
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 There is more than a whiff of Les Liaisons Dangereuses about these pages Spectator
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