Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter


Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060825197
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 384
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A superb autobiography by one of the great literary figures of the twentieth century, Simone de Beauvoir's Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter offers an intimate picture of growing up in a bourgeois French family, rebelling as an adolescent against the conventional expectations of her class, and striking out on her own with an intellectual and existential ambition exceedingly rare in a young woman in the 1920s. She vividly evokes her friendships, love interests, mentors, and the early days of the most important relationship of her life, with fellow student Jean-Paul Sartre, against the backdrop of a turbulent political time.

The Prime of Life


Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Publisher: Marlowe & Company
ISBN: 9781569249567
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 479
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The author recalls her life in Paris in the formative years of 1929 to 1944, telling of her relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre and of Parisian intellectual life of the 1930s and 1940s.

A Very Easy Death


Author: Simone De Beauvoir
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 0307832198
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 112
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A Very Easy Death has long been considered one of Simone de Beauvoir’s masterpieces. The profoundly moving, day-by-day recounting of her mother’s death “shows the power of compassion when it is allied with acute intelligence” (The Sunday Telegraph). Powerful, touching, and sometimes shocking, this is an end-of-life account that no reader is likely to forget. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Simone de Beauvoir

A Biography
Author: Deirdre Bair
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0671741802
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 718
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Chronicles the life of the French writer, examining her roles as author, philosopher, feminist, and companion to Jean-Paul Sartre

She Came to Stay


Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393318845
Category: Fiction
Page: 404
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Set in Paris on the eve of World War II and sizzling with love, anger, and revenge, She Came to Stay explores the changes wrought in the soul of a woman and a city soon to fall. Although Françoise considers her relationship with Pierre an open one, she falls prey to jealousy when the gamine Xavière catches his attention. The moody young woman from the countryside pries her way between Françoise and Pierre, playing up to each one and deviously pulling them apart, until the only way out of the triangle is destruction. "Behind the sympathy there is curiosity. . . . A writer whose tears for her characters freeze as they drop." -- Sunday London Times

Letters to Sartre


Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1611454980
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 531
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In these letters, de Beauvoir tells Sartre everything, tracing the extraordinary complications of their triangular love life; they reveal her not only as manipulative and dependent, but also as vulnerable, passionate, jealous, and committed.

Simone de Beauvoir

The Making of an Intellectual Woman
Author: Toril Moi
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199238712
Category: History
Page: 349
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For the second edition of her landmark study of Simone de Beauvoir, Toril Moi provides a major new introduction discussing current developments in Beauvoir studies as well as the recent publication of papers and letters by Beauvoir, including her letters to her lovers Jacques-Laurent Bost and Nelson Agren, and her student diaries from 1926-7.

Witness to My Life

The Letters of Jean-Paul Sartre to Simone de Beauvoir, 1926-1939
Author: Jean-Paul Sartre,Simone de Beauvoir,Lee Fahnestock,Norman Macafee
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743244052
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 464
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The Woman Destroyed


Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Publisher: HarperPerennial
ISBN: 9780007204656
Category: Women
Page: 224
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First published in 1967, this book consists of three short novellas on the theme of women's vulnerability _ in the first, to the process of ageing, in the second to loneliness, and, in the third, to the growing indifference of a loved one.

Adieux

A Farewell to Sartre
Author: Simone De Beauvoir
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 030783218X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 464
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Simone de Beauvoir’s account of the last ten years of Jean-Paul Sartre’s life provides a focus for understanding one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century. But the book, consisting of both a year-by-year account of Sartre’s last decade and a conversation between him and de Beauvoir about his life and work, is more than just a philosophical examination. It is also a personal dialogue of astonishing frankness that illuminates one of the most famous and complex relationships of the twentieth century. From the Trade Paperback edition.

All Men are Mortal

A Novel
Author: Simone de Beauvoir,Leonard M. Friedman
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393308457
Category: Fiction
Page: 345
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A beautiful actress's encounter with a man who claims to be immortal teaches the man how to enjoy life again, and offers the actress an opportunity to be immortal through her performances

Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir (Book Analysis)

Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide
Author: Bright Summaries,
Publisher: BrightSummaries.com
ISBN: 2806279755
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 24
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Unlock the more straightforward side of Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir, which tells the story of the author’s childhood in middle-class society and her drive to be educated and exceed what is expected of her. The autobiography details the reality of everyday life for middle-class women during the early 20th century, who were denied adequate education or the freedom to make their own choices. De Beauvoir has received numerous awards for her works, as well as having an international human rights prize for women’s freedom named in her honour. Find out everything you need to know about Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you in your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

The Mexicans

A Personal Portrait of a People
Author: Patrick Oster
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061951870
Category: History
Page: 352
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The Mexicans is a multifaceted portrait of the complex, increasingly turbulent neighbor to our south. It is the story of a country in crisis -- poverty, class tensions, political corruption -- as told through stories of individuals. From Augustín, an honest cop, we learn that many in the Mexican police force use torture as their number-one-crime-solving technique; from Julio Scherer Garcia, a leading newspaper editor, we learn how kidnapping and intimidating phone calls stifle people despite his meager income; we hear from a homosexual teacher wary of bigotry in a land of machismo; and many others. Moving from Mexico City discos to remote Indian towns, Patrick Oster tells of Mexicans whose lives reveal something vital about Mexico, and in doing so, helps to understand why many decide to risk their lives in order to have the opportunity to live in the United States.

A Jacques Barzun Reader

Selections from His Works
Author: Jacques Barzun
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060935421
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 640
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Throughout his career Jacques Barzun, author of the New York Times bestseller and National Book Award Finalist From Dawn to Decadence, has always been known as a witty and graceful essayist, one who combines a depth of knowledge and a rare facility with words. Now Michael Murray has carefully selected eighty of Barzun's most inventive, accomplished, and insightful essays, and compiled them in one impressive volume. With subjects ranging from history to baseball to crime novels, A Jacques Barzun Reader is a feast for any reader.

Tete-a-Tete

The Tumultuous Lives and Loves of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre
Author: Hazel Rowley
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061852902
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 464
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They are one of the world's legendary couples. We can't think of one without thinking of the other. Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre -- those passionate, freethinking existentialist philosopher-writers -- had a committed but notoriously open union that generated no end of controversy. With Tete-a-Tete, distinguished biographer Hazel Rowley offers the first dual portrait of these two colossal figures and their intense, often embattled relationship. Through original interviews and access to new primary sources, Rowley portrays them up close, in their most intimate moments. 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 follow along on their many travels, involving meetings with dignitaries such as Roosevelt, Khrushchev, and Castro. We listen in on the couple's conversations about Sartre's Nausea, Being and Nothingness, and Words, and Beauvoir's The Second Sex, The Mandarins, and her memoirs. And we hear the anguished discussions that led Sartre to refuse the Nobel Prize. The impact of their writings on modern thought cannot be overestimated, but Beauvoir and Sartre are remembered just as much for the lives they led. They were brilliant, courageous, profoundly innovative individuals, and Tete-a-Tete shows the passion, energy, daring, humor, and contradictions of their remarkable, unorthodox relationship. Theirs is a great story -- and a great story is precisely what Beauvoir and Sartre most wanted their lives to be.

Apologies to My Censor

The High and Low Adventures of a Foreigner in China
Author: Mitch Moxley
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062124447
Category: Travel
Page: 304
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The story of a young man's outrageous adventures in China and his search for identity in the most unexpected of places. Mitch Moxley came to Beijing in the spring of 2007 to take a job as a writer and editor for China Daily, the country's only English-language national newspaper. The Chinese economy was booming, the Olympics were on the horizon, and Beijing was being transformed into a world-class city overnight. Moxley planned to stay only through the Olympics and then head back to Canada. But that was six years ago. In that time, Moxley fed a goat to a lion, watched a lingerie-wearing bear ride a bicycle, and crisscrossed the country writing stories. He also appeared as one of Cosmopolitan's one hundred most eligible bachelors in China, acted in a state-funded Chinese movie, and was paid to pose as a fake businessman. During Moxley's journey of self-exploration, his comic adventures and misadventures in China gave way to the creation of his alter ego—Mi Gao, or Tall Rice. A funny and honest look at expat life, Apologies to My Censor also depicts the ways a country can touch and inspire you.

The Registry


Author: Shannon Stoker
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062271733
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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Welcome to a safe and secure new world, where beauty is bought and sold, and freedom is the ultimate crime The Registry saved the country from collapse, but stability has come at a price. In this patriotic new America, girls are raised to be brides, sold at auction to the highest bidder. Boys are raised to be soldiers, trained to fight and never question orders. Nearly eighteen, beautiful Mia Morrissey excitedly awaits the beginning of her auction year. But a warning from her married older sister raises dangerous questions. Now, instead of going up on the block, Mia is going to escape to Mexico—and the promise of freedom. All Mia wants is to control her own destiny—a brave and daring choice that will transform her into an enemy of the state, pursued by powerful government agents, ruthless bounty hunters, and a cunning man determined to own her . . . a man who will stop at nothing to get her back.

Celebrity Chekhov

Stories by Anton Chekhov
Author: Ben Greenman
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062020846
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
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New Yorker editor and McSweeney's contributor Ben Greenman reshapes Russian literature's most celebrated stories around America's most popular pop culture icons, probing the deep complexities of Anton Chekov (not to mention those of Cruise or Kardashian). Thought-provoking and funny, these wryly re-imagined tales will be sure-fire favorites for every kind of reader, whether your favorite escapes are celebrity memoirs like L.A. Candy and The Truth about Diamonds, re-conceived classics like Wicked, literary parodies like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, or masterpieces of fiction from authors like Tolstoy, Pushkin and Chekhov himself.