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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SIMONE WEIL: A Penguin Life

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A lucid portrait of the enigmatic French writer and mystic.With this volume, Gray (At Home with the Marquis de Sade, 1998, etc.) adds to the considerable success already achieved by the Penguin series ... Read full review

Simone Weil

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This is a valuable and useful book, portraying a highly complex figure for general readers in a clear and easily readable style. The Parisian-born Weil (1909-43) has emerged as one of the most ... 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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