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Beauvoir, Simone de (1908–86)

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People Beauvoir, Simone de

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


French existentialist and feminist, born in Paris. De Beauvoir was Sartre's life-long companion and an independent and original thinker in her own right. She was best known for her book The Second Sex (1949), which explored women's social situation and historical predicament and provided a systematic analysis of gender and sexual difference. The book is the most important classic in the development of contemporary feminism. Her other philosophical work includes The Ethics of Ambiguity (1947). She was a well-known novelist and autobiographical writer, with works including Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter (1958), The Prime of Life (1960), The Force of Circumstance (1963), A Very Easy Death (1964), All Said and Done (1972), and A Farewell to Sartre (1981). ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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