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Simone de Beauvoir Writing the Self: Philosophy Becomes Autobiography (review)

Simone de Beauvoir Writing the Self: Philosophy Becomes Autobiography (review) Reviews 379 Jo-Ann Pilardi. Simone de Beauvoir Writing the Self: Philosophy Becomes Autobiography. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1999. 155 pp. ISBN 0-313- 30253-7, $49.95 (cloth); ISBN 0-275-96334-9, $15.95 (paper). Simone de Beauvoir is the twentieth century author of five novels, one play, numerous volumes of autobiography and a wide variety of political and philosophical works. She is best known for the revolutionary sociopolitical 380 Biography 23.2 (Spring 2000) essay Le Deuxième Sexe [The Second Sex] which concerns the mythical and real relationships existing between men and women in society, and which laid the foundation for twentieth-century discourses concerning sexuality, gender relations, and feminism after 1949. In spite of these numerous accomplishments, it was commonly believed during her life, and for some time after her death in 1986, that Beauvoir imitated Jean-Paul Sartre in all of her writings and was not worth studying as a philosopher in her own right. During the last two decades, it has slowly become popular to chal- lenge this assumption. Jo-Ann Pilardi’s Simone de Beauvoir Writing the Self: Philosophy Becomes Autobiography thus joins the ranks of others who, in reconstructing the intellectual relationship between Beauvoir and Sartre, demonstrate Beauvoir’s importance as an independent thinker. Pilardi pro- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Simone de Beauvoir Writing the Self: Philosophy Becomes Autobiography (review)

Biography , Volume 23 (2) – Mar 1, 2001

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Reviews 379 Jo-Ann Pilardi. Simone de Beauvoir Writing the Self: Philosophy Becomes Autobiography. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1999. 155 pp. ISBN 0-313- 30253-7, $49.95 (cloth); ISBN 0-275-96334-9, $15.95 (paper). Simone de Beauvoir is the twentieth century author of five novels, one play, numerous volumes of autobiography and a wide variety of political and philosophical works. She is best known for the revolutionary sociopolitical 380 Biography 23.2 (Spring 2000) essay Le Deuxième Sexe [The Second Sex] which concerns the mythical and real relationships existing between men and women in society, and which laid the foundation for twentieth-century discourses concerning sexuality, gender relations, and feminism after 1949. In spite of these numerous accomplishments, it was commonly believed during her life, and for some time after her death in 1986, that Beauvoir imitated Jean-Paul Sartre in all of her writings and was not worth studying as a philosopher in her own right. During the last two decades, it has slowly become popular to chal- lenge this assumption. Jo-Ann Pilardi’s Simone de Beauvoir Writing the Self: Philosophy Becomes Autobiography thus joins the ranks of others who, in reconstructing the intellectual relationship between Beauvoir and Sartre, demonstrate Beauvoir’s importance as an independent thinker. Pilardi pro-

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