The first time I thought of Simone de Beauvoir as someone other than the woman who wrote The Second Sex was in 1974.
Her earliest memories were so closely linked to the color black that, throughout her life, whenever something of her childhood came to mind unbidden she often had the sensation of being smothered in blackness.
She may have been a mass of contradictions, but she was still, in the most profoundly respectful sense of the phrase, "the mother of us all."
This definitive biography is based on five years of interviews with de Beauvoir, and is written with her full cooperation. Bair penetrates the mystique of this brilliant and often paradoxical woman, who has been called one of the great minds of the 20th century, and surely, one of the most famously unconventional figures of her generation. "As a reference work . . . Simone de Beauvoir can be considered definitive".--The Atlantic. 16-page photographic insert.
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