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Amber Paulen

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Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir

Without pretensions of saying more than I know, I can only decry Simone de Beauvoir as a leading woman still. I first read The Prime of Life five years ago and then I read it again. Her life is an inspiration, to a writer, to a woman, outside of all the philosophy. Blood and Guts is a short piece of fiction I’ve written about reading Simone de Beauvoir. Simone’s Seriousness is a piece I wrote while reading her first autobiography, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter.

She Came to Stay

A fictive tale: Jean-Paul Sartre meets a young russian woman and the triangle of love that follows.

The Second Sex

Yes, every woman should read this, though it may be “outdated.”

Autobiographies: Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter, The Prime of Life, Force of Circumstance

The life of Simone de Beauvoir intrigues me. How she began to write, her relationship with Sartre, anything about Paris, being a woman… I could go on. In her autobiographies she reveals everything. From her earliest childhood to old age, these three books chronicle the life of this interesting and influential woman writer and thinker.

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