From 1949, when she wrote "The Second Sex", until her death in 1986, Simone de Beauvoir was at the centre of French intellectual life. This biography explores de Beauvoir's relationships with men and women to reveal her femininity and emotional nature, linking these to her literary development.
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This conversational and useful biography breaks little new ground, but it does offer an even-tempered and panoramic view of the life of a great thinker. Crosland's attempt to present de Beauvoir as a sensitive and in many ways traditionally feminine person--who, although she denied caring about her looks, always recorded what she and others wore and often burst into tears--are not completely convincing; but de Beauvoir's relationship with her sister, her childhood religious feelings and her development of a specifically feminist philosophy relatively late in life are well drawn. The personal material is more compelling than the analyses of each of de Beauvoir's books, which ring familiar. Crosland argues that de Beauvoir, while anti-bourgeois in theory, had to be prodded into action and was more content splitting hairs than she was protesting. She also places much emphasis on her subject's close childhood friendship with a classmate named Zaza. Anecdotes reveal that while the two had an intense bond, Zaza's family disdained de Beauvoir for her shabby clothing, and Crosland ( Piaf ) views this rejection as the starting point for her subject's class consciousness. Photos.
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Crosland, a British scholar, translator, and author (e.g, Piaf , LJ 11/1/85), brings her knowledge of the French language and culture to this well-balanced biography of the "high priestess" of modern feminism. Drawing extensively upon de Beauvoir's prolific journals, letters, essays, and fiction, as well as interviews with colleagues and friends, Crosland reveals the intense femininity and highly emotional personality that led to de Beauvoir's obsession with writing. Perhaps more than any other writer, de Beauvoir lived by the pen. The text is factual and moves well as a narrative, but it assumes a thorough understanding of French literary history and philosophy. Crosland is weakest when she traces the transforming rebellion of de Beauvoir's early university years. Libraries owning Deirdre Bair's Simone de Beauvoir: A Biography ( LJ 3/1/90) may want to pass on this, but comprehensive academic libraries and women's studies collections should consider for balance and subject depth.
- Denise Sticha, Carnegie Lib. of Pittsburgh
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