Tete-a-tete: The Lives and Loves of Simone De Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre

Tete-a-tete: The Lives and Loves of Simone De Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre


By (author) Hazel Rowley


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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm x 29mm | 338g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099455544
  • ISBN 13: 9780099455547
  • Sales rank: 54,362

Product description

They are one of the world's legendary couples. Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre - those passionate, free-thinking Existentialist philosopher-writers - had a committed but notoriously open union that generated no end of controversy. Through original interviews and access to new primary sources, Hazel Rowley portrays them up close: their romantic entanglements, their Parisian cafe society circle, their discussions of each other's work. Theirs is a great story - and a great story is precisely what they most wanted their lives to be.

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Author information

Born in London and brought up partly in Australia (where she taught at Deakin University, Melbourne) Hazel Rowley is the author of two previous books of nonfiction: Christina Stead: A Biography and Richard Wright: The Life and Times. Her awards include Rockefeller and Radcliffe Fellowships, and the National Book Award from Australia. She divides her time between New York and Paris.

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"An elegant, concise, gossipy account... heartbreaking and compelling" Financial Times "Refreshingly unpretentious. It may be the book that Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir wished to be written about their shared life" Sunday Times "Rowley tells [the story] with compelling vigour... What is wonderful about Rowley's book, aside from its readability, is that she catches the intellectual excitement as well, the intimacy of thought" -- Brian Morton Sunday Herald "[Rowley] manages to recapture the charm and the brilliance of the relationship in its early stages, which makes her story all the more poignant and depressing" Scotsman "Marvellous ... A born storyteller" -- Serena Davies Telegraph