The Prime of Life

The Prime of Life - Penguin Modern Classics

Paperback (03 Oct 2024)

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Publisher's Synopsis

The second volume in Simone de Beauvoir's celebrated autobiography recalls her formative years in Paris when she began to emerge as a public figure

First published in 1960, The Prime of Life offers an intimate, captivating picture of Simone de Beauvoir in her twenties, thirties and forties. Beginning as a recent graduate from the Sorbonne teaching high-school girls, we see de Beauvoir revel in the freedom her new financial independence brings. We see her and Jean-Paul Sartre recognise the powerful romantic and intellectual partnership they have found in one another, as they fall in love and define their own unconventional parameters. The Second World War comes, bringing austerity, violence and questions of the reality of freedom and individual responsibility into de Beauvoir's life. As relevant and penetrating as when first published, The Prime of Life offers rare insight into a truly fascinating mind.

Book information

ISBN: 9780241705391
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 608
Weight: 500g
Height: 198mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 35mm