Books by Simone de Beauvoir

AMERICA DAY BY DAY by Simone de Beauvoir
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Brainy and imaginative, critical and rhapsodic—and not to be missed."
Originally published in France in 1948, and here translated for the first time into English, this captivating journal records American culture as seen by the young, fiercely intelligent Beauvoir. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Minimal notes and (apparently) almost no editorial intervention make this a hard slog for all but the most ardent Beauvoirians."
Another volume of Beauvoir's correspondence to lay on the shelf beside Letters to Sartre (1991), this time featuring letters written to a most unlikely lover, the American novelist Nelson Algren. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO SARTRE by Simone de Beauvoir
Released: Feb. 14, 1992

"Essential reading for anyone wanting to fathom this still towering, contradictory, revolutionary feminist, what she wrote, and what she made of her life."
Found in a cupboard and published last year in France, these "lost" love letters follow upon Deirdre Bair's magnificent Simone de Beauvoir (1990) with revelations about the author of The Second Sex and the exact nature of her extraordinary relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre. Read full book review >
ADIEUX by Simone de Beauvoir
Released: April 30, 1984

Two documentary additions—prosaic, unformed, but substantial—to the Jean-Paul Sartre biography, to the understanding of his oeuvre, to the history of the Beauvoir/Sartre relationship. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 20, 1982

"Deceptively simple tales told with remarkably clear-eyed moral vision and pungent irony: a worthy opening to a shining career."
De Beauvoir's first fiction, previously unpublished in English, is certainly a sign of work to come; but it's no mere juvenilia. Read full book review >
ALL SAID AND DONE by Simone de Beauvoir
Released: Aug. 23, 1974

"There are flashes of intensity and wonder — especially in Beauvoir's account of her relationship with a young woman who is obviously an intellectual adopted daughter, perhaps because Sylvie gives Beauvoir the grasp of the future which old age by her own testimony lacks, and without which she has, alas, loosened her grip on the present."
As the finality of the title indicates, Simone de Beauvoir considers this the last volume of her autobiography, a summing-up. Read full book review >
WOMAN DESTROYED by Simone de Beauvoir
Released: Jan. 16, 1968

"They're not important but they're as intimate as a tete-a-tete and read with glistening case."
In caliber, if not in content, this is comparable to Mme, de Beauvoir's last book, Les Belles Images—three first person, feminine, silky, shrewish, and on occasion shrill confessionals of unhappy women of a certain age. Read full book review >
LES BELLES IMAGES by Simone de Beauvoir
Released: Feb. 27, 1967

"However the book has been extremely successful in France and it is easy to see why: it's as glossy as a cover of Elle and its fashionable doubt and despair may seduce that second sex."
She's lovely, she's loved, she's unhappy. Read full book review >
A VERY EASY DEATH by Simone de Beauvoir
Released: May 18, 1966

"Beauvoir's dusty answer is depressingly effective."
She was "of an age to die," seventy-seven, and she had a "very easy death" or so the nurse said— well cared for and well attended by her daughters. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1965

"It is also a story which in its determined self-exposure has fascinated many and will continue to do so again."
Self-loathing may or may not be the meaning between-the-lines of Sartre's writings; narcissism, however, seems the very crystallization of Simone de Beauvoir's. Read full book review >
Released: June 18, 1959

"Highly recommended."
This autobiography of Mlle. de Beauvoir up to the age of twenty-one is every bit as fascinating as a de Beauvoir novel, largely because she is as absorbed in herself here as a novelist is in his hero and in the same way. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1958

"Definitely for those who agree with her viewpoint- and for her following."
The number of American and European observers who have had access to Communist China has been sharply limited, and frequently their opinions have been colored by preformed judgment. Read full book review >
THE MANDARINS by Simone de Beauvoir
Released: May 28, 1956

"A certain awkwardness of translation is unfortunate, but despite this, the book — for the initiate- is well worth the price."
Whether read as a novel of ideas (as is intended) or as a roman a (which it also is), this fascinating long novel is by far the author's best work. Read full book review >
SHE CAME TO STAY by Simone de Beauvoir
Released: March 1, 1954

"Beauvoir to air her ideas on men and women, on the nature of love- and hate, etc. And while it is in many ways easier to read than The Second Sex the audience will probably be limited by the fact that the only people who could want to know as much about the triangle as the author tells us are Pierre, Francoise, and Xaviere."
This is the story of an intense, emotional, strained and violent triangle. Read full book review >
ALL MEN ARE MORTAL by Simone de Beauvoir
Released: Jan. 31, 1954

"Though the message, which she preaches from time to time, is all important to the author, the best parts of the book (and there are many of them) are the sequences in which Fesca becomes deeply involved with other people, his son, the girl he loved, etc. These sections are vivid and moving and in combination with the existentialist panorama of history make the book well worth reading."
This is another of Mme. de Beauvoir's long existentialist novels, and although a fantasy, far more believable and more interesting than last year's She Came To Stay. Read full book review >
THE SECOND SEX by Simone de Beauvoir
Released: Feb. 23, 1953

"Parshley retains the qualities of an accomplished stylist; and the book has its immediate interest as well as long-term possibilities."
An anatomy of woman which is a study of classic stature and proportion, historical, psychological, physiological, social and sexual, as well as a highly civilized commentary on the duality of her role. Read full book review >