De Beauvoir, Simone ___ 1908-1986 ___ French ___ teacher, writer

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
De Beauvoir was born in Paris into a wealthy family, and studied at the Sorbonne where she met Jean-Paul Sartre. Thereafter, she and Sartre were to remain a couple for the rest of their lives, although they lived apart and had various other lovers. During the 1930s and through the Second World War, de Beauvoir taught at several schools, in Marseilles, Rouen and then, in Paris. After the war, with Sartre, she founded the magazine 'Les Temps Modernes', and she travelled widely, in Europe, the US, North Africa and China. Her first novel, 'L'Invitée', published in 1943, was based on the story of one of Sartre's affair. 'The Second Sex', published in 1949, is her most famous book, and became a classic of feminist literature. She herself became involved with the feminist movement from the late 1960s. Between 1958 and the early 1970s, she published various autobiographical works, and, in 1981, she published her memoir of Sartre's last years, 'Adieux: A Farewell to Sartre'. De Beauvoir wrote a diary, but, for a long time the only extracts to appear in English concerned a lecture tour to the US in 1947. However, an early diary was published in 2006-07 and a wartime diary is due to be published soon.
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Wikipedia bio

DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1926-1927, 1939-1941, 1947 ___ literary political travel education music philosophy self US

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America Day by Day
Diary of a Philosophy Student
Wartime Diary
 

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