Author(s): Simone de Beauvoir
Three long stories that draw the reader into the lives of three women, all past their first youth, all facing unexpected crises.
"Witty, immensely adroit . . . These three women are believable individuals presented with a wry mixture of sympathy and exasperation." "--The Atlantic""A remarkable feat of empathy." "--The Times Literary Supplement""Brilliant craftsmanship." "-- Harper's"
Simone de Beauvoir was born in Paris in 1908. In 1929 she became the youngest person ever to obtain the "agregation" in philosophy at the Sorbonne, placing second on the exam to Jean-Paul Sartre. She taught at lycees in Marseille and Rousen from 1931 to 1937, and in Paris from 1938 to 1943. After World War II, she emerged as one of the leaders of the existentialist movement, working with Sartre on "Les Temps Modernes. "The author of many acclaimed works, de Beauvoir was one of the most influential thinkers of her generation. She died in 1986.