Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

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"[Beauvoir's] graciously written memoirs carry distinct appeal in recording the emotional and intellectual birth pangs of a fascinating woman." --Time

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.

Beauvoir 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 135 x 206 x 25mm | 318g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0060825197
  • 9780060825195
  • 54,849

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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.
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Review quote

"It is a book that will leave no one indifferent, and no one affected in quite the same way." -- New York Times

"[Beauvoir's] graciously written memoirs carry distinct appeal in recording the emotional and intellectual birth pangs of a fascinating woman." -- Time

"This excellent autobiography . . . of the bending of the twig is, in certain respects, more sympathetic than the later leafings of the tree; but the line between the child Simone and the woman of The Second Sex and The Mandarins is direct and clear." -- Chicago Sunday Times

"This is perhaps the best piece of writing Mlle. de Beauvoir has yet done; the translator does it justice." -- Saturday Review
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3 16% (2,214)
2 4% (611)
1 2% (284)
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