From Library Journal
Despite her life with Jean-Paul Sartre as his mistress and disciple, de Beauvoir developed into an "emblematic" figure of intellectual feminism at the dawn of the 20th-century women's movement. She transcended existentialist influences, especially in her nonfiction work, to discuss feminine character and role, which is the main theme in her writings. Moi (Duke Univ.) therefore describes her as the founder of materialist feminism. This mostly biographical study relies firsthand on characters, places, and documents relevant to de Beauvoir and her feminist thought in particular. Most sections of the book were previously published separately; thus, little material is unknown to the specialist. The philosophical analysis is accessible to the average reader, however. Recommended for women's studies collections and large academic libraries.- Ali Houissa, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, N.Y.
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"Sympathetic and critical, Moi's impassioned study never loses sight of the difficulty of Beauvoir's intellectual and personal journey through her life, it will send its readers back to Beauvoir's writings with a new sense of political necessity and possibility for women."--Professor Jacqueline Rose, University of London
UNEDITED UK REVIEW: "Review from previous edition
This book makes us discover a Beauvoir analysed with sympathy but without complaisance. A worthy Beauvoir emerges: not the super-woman one so often hears about, but a complex, suffering woman who finds it hard to be different except in her jealousy and sorrow. But, what strength and what courage! She opened the way, and this book does her justice."--Julia Kristeva
UNEDITED UK REVIEW: "Sympathetic and critical, Moi's impassioned study never loses sight of the difficulty of Beauvoir's intellectual and personal journey through her life, it will send its readers back to Beauvoir's writings with a new sense of political necessity and possibility for women."--Professor Jacqueline Rose, University of London
"Thoroughly absorbing, this second edition of the most authoritative and comprehensive analysis of how Beauvoir became the emblematic intellectual woman of the 20th century is nothing less than brilliant...Moi blends biography, literary criticism, feminist theory, and social and historical analysis into an admirably clear work of impeccable scholarship...Essential." --Choice
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