Hard Times : Force of Circumstances, 1952-1962 (Paperback)

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Publisher Perseus Books Group
Mfg Part# 9781569249550
SKU 202281555
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1569249555
Release Date 10/1/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6L x 1.25T
Author Info
Simone De Beauvoir
DeBeauvoir was raised a middle-class Roman Catholic, a constraining background she struggled all her life to transcend. She met Jean-Paul Sartre in 1929 at the Sorbonne, where she was studying to be a teacher. She passed the comprehensive exam at the age of 21--the youngest recorded--and came in second only to Sartre (who was taking the exam for the second time). It was at the Sorbonne that she and Sartre began the odd and troubled relationship that would last all their lives: They began as lovers, became friends, exchanged ideas, and were occasionally rivals. DeBeauvoir published her first novel, L'INVITEE, in 1943, but became internationally famous with her 1949 nonfiction work THE SECOND SEX--a model for the feminist movement. Her best novel was probably THE MANDARINS (1954); her memoirs (published from 1958 to 1972) provided an invaluable look at French intellectual life at mid-century. As an existentialist, an intellectual, and an early feminist, DeBeauvoir has been an influential and innovative force in the spheres of philosophy, politics, and literature.
DeBeauvoir was raised a middle-class Roman Catholic, a constraining background she struggled all her life to transcend. She met Jean-Paul Sartre in 1929 at the Sorbonne, where she was studying to be a teacher. She passed the comprehensive exam at the age of 21--the youngest recorded--and came in second only to Sartre (who was taking the exam for the second time). It was at the Sorbonne that she and Sartre began the odd and troubled relationship that would last all their lives: They began as lovers, became friends, exchanged ideas, and were occasionally rivals. DeBeauvoir published her first novel, L'INVITEE, in 1943, but became internationally famous with her 1949 nonfiction work THE SECOND SEX--a model for the feminist movement. Her best novel was probably THE MANDARINS (1954); her memoirs (published from 1958 to 1972) provided an invaluable look at French intellectual life at mid-century. As an existentialist, an intellectual, and an early feminist, DeBeauvoir has been an influential and innovative force in the spheres of philosophy, politics, and literature.
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Annotation De Beauvoir's autobiography, covering the years 1952 to 1962.
Editors Note This volume of Simone de Beauvoir's legendary autobiography presents Beauvoir at the height of her international fame and portrays her inner struggle with aging. Beauvoir recounts her difficult long-distance romance with novelist Nelson Algren and her involvement with Claude Lanzmann (the future director of Shoah). She also vividly describes her travels with Sartre to Brazil and Cuba, reveals her private sense of despair in reaction to French atrocities in Algeria, and confronts her own deepening depression. Simone de Beauvoir's outstanding achievement is to have left us an admirable record of her unceasing battle to become an independent woman and writer.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0396
Publisher Da Capo Press
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