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Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

Beauvoir, Simone de, Kirkup, James
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (Penguin Classics)
Published: February 22, 2001
ISBN: 9780141185330
368 pages

£10.99

A superb autobiography by one of the great literary figures of the twentieth century, 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. Simone de Beavoir describes her early life, from her birth in Paris in 1908 to her student days at the Sorbonne, where she met Jean-Paul sartre – ‘the dream-companion I had longed for since I was fifteen’.

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