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Frenchwoman Simone de Beauvoir has high standing as a philosopher of the twentieth-century existentialist school and is respected as a commentator on political and social issues (in effect, a contemporary historian), a novelist, and an autobiographer. She also published and had produced a play. But her outstanding (though lastingly controversial) achievement is her book on women, entitled in English The Second Sex, a foundational text for modern feminism.
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4 a.m., 9 January 1908 SB was born in Paris, "in a room fitted with white-enamelled furniture and overlooking the boulevard Raspail." Bibliographic Citation link. She was the elder of two daughters. Bibliographic Citation link.
June 1949 SB published the first part of her ground-breaking examination of the lives of women: Le deuxième sexe (The Second Sex), whose subtitle reads "Les faits et les mythes" ('Facts and Myths'). Bibliographic Citation link.
November 1949 SB published the second part of Le deuxième sexe. Its title was "L'expérience vécue", which might be translated 'The Lived Experience' (though in fact the English rendering was different). Bibliographic Citation link.
Spring 1953 Howard Madison Parshley's translation of SB's feminist analysis Le deuxième sexe appeared in both London and New York in a single volume as The Second Sex. Bibliographic Citation link.
14 April 1986 SB died while on a trip to the United States. Bibliographic Citation link.
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