"dreaming of living in Paris like de Beauvoir"

French writer, philospher, social theorist, feminist and Marxist, Simone de Beauvoir (1908–1986) published many books, from novels and an autobiography to essays and monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues.

She is now best known for her metaphysical novels, including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins, and for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a critique of women's oppression and a foundational text for contemporary feminism.