French dramatist and actor, Molière (1622–1673) is considered one of the greatest masters of comedy and satire in Western theatre. Some of Molière's best-known dramas are Le Misanthrope, L'École des femmes, Tartuffe ou L'Imposteur, Le Malade imaginaire, and Le Bourgeois gentilhomme.
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.
Peggy Lee's rendition of Is That All There Is?, written by composers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, remains one her best-loved songs.
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The Awakening, a novel by American author Kate Chopin, was published in 1899 and is considered a percursor to later feminist texts of the 20th century. Set in New Orleans in the late nineteenth century, the book tells of young Edna Pontellier, stifled by society's expectations of her as a wife and mother.