Simone Weil

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Viking, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 248 pages
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Francine du Plessix Gray's biography of the Marquis de Sade, At Home with the Marquis de Sade, was hailed by The New York Times Book Review as a "boldly imaginative retelling" of his life and garnered the critically acclaimed author a Pulitzer Prize nomination. In Simone Weil, du Plessix Gray vividly evokes the life of an equally complex and intriguing figure. A patriot and a mystic, an unruly activist plagued by self-doubt, a pampered intellectual with a credo of manual labor, an ascetic who craved sensuous beauty, Simone Weil died at the age of thirty-four prematurely after a long struggle with anorexia. But her tremendous intellectual legacy foresaw many of the twentieth century's great changes and continues to influence philosophy today. Simone Weil traces this seminal thinker's transformation from privileged Parisian student to union organizer, activist, and philosopher as well as the complex evolution of her ideas on Christianity, politics, and sexuality. In this thoughtful and compelling biography, du Plessix Gray illuminates an enigmatic figure and early feminist whose passion and pathos will fascinate a wide audience of readers.

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Review: Simone Weil (Penguin Lives)

User Review  - David - Goodreads

This book gets three stars for being about Simone Weil and being a smooth read. It loses two stars for being Gray's not-so-insightful interpretation of Weil based on already published texts. Gray ... Read full review

Review: Simone Weil (Penguin Lives)

User Review  - Bevan - Goodreads

Ms. Weil was certainly one of the most complex and profound thinkers of the 20th century. Her intellect was astonishingly forceful and direct, beyond the depth of many of her contemporaries. At the ... Read full review


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Francine du Plessix Gray s At Home with the Marquis de Sade was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She lives in Connecticut.

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