Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

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HarperCollins, May 10, 2016 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages

A superb autobiography by one of the great literary figures of the twentieth century, Simone de Beauvoir's Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter offers an intimate picture of growing up in a bourgeois French family, rebelling as an adolescent against the conventional expectations of her class, and striking out on her own with an intellectual and existential ambition exceedingly rare in a young woman in the 1920s.

She vividly evokes her friendships, love interests, mentors, and the early days of the most important relationship of her life, with fellow student Jean-Paul Sartre, against the backdrop of a turbulent political time.

 

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de Beauvoir says towards the end of the first part of her autobiography that she like to talk about her favourite subject - me. I should imagine that she enjoyed writing about herself and she spends ... Read full review

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I would crack between my teeth the candied shell of an artificial fruit, and a burst of light would illuminate my palate with a taste of blackcurrant or pineapple: all the colours, all the lights were ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
25
Section 3
31
Section 4
66
Section 5
97
Section 6
98
Section 7
161
Section 8
171
Section 11
210
Section 12
243
Section 13
251
Section 14
266
Section 15
283
Section 16
300
Section 17
319
Section 18
337

Section 9
197
Section 10
204
Section 19
339
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About the author (2016)

French Existentialist philosopher, novelist, essayist, editor, and groundbreaking feminist Simone De Beauvoir was born in Paris, where she lived most of her life. She was the author of the feminist classic The Second Sex, several volumes of autobiography, and highly acclaimed novels, including The Mandarins, winner of the Prix Goncourt.

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