Simone de Beauvoir has the true novelist's gift of selecting detail and creating individuals whilst refusing to sum up situations A.S. BYATT Simone de Beauvoir is a writer whose every work I pounce on eagerly her vision is so wide, the tale she tells is so interesting, her characterisation so psychologically profound YORKSHIRE POST
Simon de Beauvoir was born in Paris in 1908. A close friend of the writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Satre, and well-known as a leader of the Existentialist movement in Paris, her novels have won wide acclaim throughout the world. Her famous work, The Second Sex, was hailed as a landmark study of women, and her novels, including The Woman Destroyed and She Came to Stay, have become well-loved classics. She died in 1968.