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Diary of a Philosophy Student

Volume 1, 1926-27

Revelatory insights into the early life and thought of the preeminent French feminist philosopher

Dating from her years as a philosophy student at the Sorbonne, this is the 1926-27 diary of the teenager who would become the famous French philosopher, author, and feminist, Simone de Beauvoir. Written years before her first meeting with Jean-Paul Sartre, these diaries reveal previously unknown details about her life and offer critical insights into her early philosophy and literary works. Presented here for the first time in translation and fully annotated, the diary is completed by essays from Barbara Klaw and Margaret A. Simons that address its philosophical, historical, and literary significance. The volume represents an invaluable resource for tracing the development of Beauvoir’s independent thinking and influence on the world.

"This diary increases our admiration for Beauvoir's heroic determination to make something of herself. . . . A precious document."--Bookforum

"This is a groundbreaking and extremely important work for feminists, philosophers, and scholars of autobiography, and a welcome academic corrective to the edited, abridged, and simplified commercial representations of this important and complex 20th-century French feminist, philosopher, and writer."--Kentucky Philological Review

"Barbara Klaw, Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir, Margaret Simons and Marybeth Timmerman have given the world a remarkable gift. . . . This volume is organized, annotated, and contextualized superbly. . . . How much richer and more profound [Beauvoir's] corpus becomes with the addition of these priceless writings. . . . The publication of her diaries will only further elevate her philosophical and literal legacy."--H-France Review

"This indispensable volume offers a panorama of Beauvoir's intellectual preoccupations. . . . The translators and editors are to be applauded for . . . producing such a valuable contribution to Beauvoir studies."--French Studies

"An admirable example of careful translating and editing. . . . The diary presents an opportunity for opening an avenue of Beauvorian scholarship in aesthetics."--APA Newsletter

“This is a magnificent piece of work. It is an engaging read and lets English readers to whom French is not accessible have first-hand access to some now much-discussed evidence regarding the independence of Beauvoir’s thought. The translation is beautiful, smooth, and true. A real coup!”--Claudia Card, Emma Goldman Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin

“This book is an enormously significant event which scholars have been eagerly awaiting for quite some time. Study of Beauvoir’s diaries not only alerts us to fascinating and unknown influences on her intellectual and personal development, but it could also form the basis for an amazing study of how the raw material of adolescent emotion, all its masochism and its narcissism, became transmuted into the readable and beautiful texts from which we can all learn so much.”--Meryl Altman, director of women’s studies, DePauw University

Simone de Beauvoir (1908–86) was a French existentialist philosopher who employed a literary-philosophical method in her essays, including Ethics of Ambiguity and The Second Sex, as well as in her novels, play, and multivolume autobiography. Barbara Klaw is a professor of French at Northern Kentucky University. She is the author of Le Paris de Simone de Beauvoir. Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir, adopted daughter and literary executor of Simone de Beauvoir, is the editor of Lettres à Sartre and many other works by Beauvoir. Margaret A. Simons is a professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and author of Beauvoir and “The Second Sex.” Marybeth Timmermann is a certified translator of the American Translators Association.

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