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Simone de Beauvoir’s birthday
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Simone de Beauvoir
9 January 1908, Paris – 14 April 1986
Simone-Lucie-Ernestine-Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir was a French writer and feminist, a member of the intellectual fellowship of philosopher-writers who have given a literary transcription to the themes of Existentialism. She is known primarily for her treatise Le Deuxième Sexe, 2 vol. (The Second Sex, 1949), a scholarly and passionate plea for the abolition of what she called the myth of the eternal feminine. This seminal work became a classic of feminist literature.
Beauvoir wrote novels, essays, biographies, an autobiography, and monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues. Several volumes of her work are devoted to autobiography. These include Mémoires d’une jeune fille rangée (Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter, 1958), La Force de l’âge (1960; The Prime of Life), La Force des choses (Force of Circumstance, 1963) and Tout compte fait (All Said and Done, 1972). This body of work, beyond its personal interest, constitutes a clear and telling portrait of French intellectual life from the 1930s to the 1970s.
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