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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"The graciously written memoirs carry distinct appeal in recording the emotional and intellectual birth pangs of a fascinating woman."-- "Time""This excellent autobiography...of the bending of the twig is, in certain respects, more sympathetic than the later leafings of the tree; but the line between the child Simone and the woman of "The Second Sex" and "The Mandarins" is direct and clear."-- Joan Brace, "Chicago Sunday Times""It is a book that will leave no one indifferent, and no one affected in quite the same way."-- Elizabeth Janeway, "New York Times""This is perhaps the best piece of writing Mlle. de Beauvoir has yet done; the translator does it justice."-- Germaine Bref, "Saturday Review"
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140183310
Book Description Penguin Classic, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140183310