Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir

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“A book that will leave no one indifferent, and no one affected in quite the same way.”—New York Times

“I was born at four o’clock in the morning on the 9th of January 1908 in a room filled with white-enamelled furniture and overlooking the boulevard Raspail.” So begins this superb first volume of autobiography of one of the great literary figures of the 20th century. In Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter, Simone de Beauvoir 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 evokes vividly 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 back drop of a turbulent political time.

Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
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