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They are one of the world's legendary couples. Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Startre - those passionate, free-thinking Existentialist philosopher-writers - had a committed but notoriously open union that generated no end of controversy. Through original interviews and access to new primary sources, Hazel Rowley portrays them up close: we witness Beauvoir and Sartre with their circle, holding court in Paris cafes. We learn the details of their infamous romantic entanglements with the young Olga Kosakiewicz and others; of their efforts to protest the wars in Algeria and Vietnam; and of Beauvoir's tempestuous love affair with Nelson Algren. We hear the anguished discussions that would lead to Sartre's refusal of the Nobel Prize, and listen in on the couple as they comment on each other's great works. The impact of their writings on modern thought can hardly be overestimated, but Beauvoir and Sartre are remembered just as much for the lives they led. Theirs is a great story - and a great story is precisely what Beauvoir and Sartre most wanted their lives to be.
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`...Rowley's in-depth analysis...is fertile territory...such an
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A highly readable dual biography, this is the first book to concentrate exclusively on the relationship between Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone De Beauvoir and draws on revelatory letters and diaries previously unseen, as well as on the tesimony of people who have not wanted to give interviews before.
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Book Description Chatto and Windus, London, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. Fifth Printing. 429 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Like New. BIOGRAPHY. They are one of the world's legendary couples. Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre - those passionate, free-thinking Existentialist philosopher-writers - had a committed but notoriously open union that generated no end of controversy. Through original interviews and access to new primary sources, Hazel Rowley portrays them up close: their romantic entanglements, their Parisian caf society circle, their discussions of each other's work. Theirs is a great story - and a great story is precisely what they most wanted their lives to be. Includes an Index. Born in London and brought up partly in Australia, Hazel Rowley is the author of Christina Stead: A Biography; Richard Wright: The Life and Times; and Tete-a-Tete, a double biography of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Her awards include Rockefeller and Radcliffe Fellowships, and the National Book Award from Australia. "Tete-a-Tete has just about everything: sex, philosophy, politics and the world's most unconventional love story. Hard as I tried, I could not put it down." - Barbara Ehrenreich (Key Words: Biography, World War II, Jean-Paul Sartre, Lena Zonina, Simone de Beauvoir Michelle Vian, Hazel Rowley, Nathalie Moffat Sorokine, Existentialism, Wanda Kosakiewicz, Love Affairs, Nobel Prize Winners, Jean Pouillon, Paul Nizan, Claude Lanzmann, Olga Kosakiewicz, World War Two, Gallimard, Arlette Elkaim, Albert Camus, Jacques-Laurent Bost, Nelsen Algren). book. Seller Inventory # 81580X1