Simone de Beauvoir

 

Simone de Beauvoir (1908 – 1986) was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist.

Simone wrote novels, essays, biographies, autobiography and monographs on philosophy, politics and social issues. She is known for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women’s oppression.

Her novels, including All Men are Mortal, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter, and The Mandarins and her lifelong relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre.

Simone chose never to marry and did not set up a joint household with Sartre. She never had children. This gave her time to earn an advanced academic degree, to join political causes, to travel, to write, to teach and to have lovers (both male and female – the latter often shared)

 

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