During the last six years of her life, the philosopher, feminist, novelist and author of the landmark work, The Second Sex, gave Deirdre Bair her unqualified co-operation and time. In interviews she provided new insights and material that are central to understanding her life and work.
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'This is the most detailed life we have of the woman who freed herself from her narrow upbringing to become a writer, feminist and companion of Sartre' Guardian; 'Bair's extensive interviews with the old Beauvoir capture perfectly the honesty and integrity of this formidable moralist' Edmund White, Book World; 'Simone de Beauvoir, already established as a work of reference, leaves future biographers nowhere to go' Times Literary SupplementAbout the Author:
Deirdre Bair was a literary journalist before taking an MA and PhD at Colombia University. Since then, she has been a university professor and has lectured and written extensively on contemporary British and French literature.
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