Daughters of de Beauvoir
"Simone de Beauvoir was among the foremost French intellectuals of her time. Her remarkable autobiography, published in fours volumes throughout her life; and above all her classic feminist test 'The Second Sex', published in 1949, were all enormously influential in the development of modern feminist thinking. Her lifelong relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre assumed an almost mythical quality for those who aspired to its independent free spirit. Yet her rigid Catholic upbringing, her ambivalent relationship with her mother and worship for her father; together with her devotion to Sartre and belief in his 'greater genius' , may serve to highlight the paradoxes of this great writer who inspired so many and who succeede in envoking a uniquely intimate realtionship between herself and her readers. In this lively volume, based on a highly-acclaimed flim made by Penny Porster and Imogen Sutton for the BBC series 'Bookmark' eleven women discuss the influence that de Beauvoir's life and work has had on them, on their generation and on younger women today." --Jacket.
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