America Day by Day / Edition 1

America Day by Day / Edition 1

by Simone de Beauvoir, Carol (Translator) Cosman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520210670

ISBN-13: 9780520210677

Pub. Date: 03/30/2000

Publisher: University of California Press

Here is the ultimate American road book, one with a perspective unlike that of any other. In January 1947 Simone de Beauvoir landed in New York and began a four-month journey that took her from one coast of the United States to the other, and back again. Embraced by the Conde Nast set in a swirl of cocktail parties in New York, where she was hailed as the "prettiest…  See more details below

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Here is the ultimate American road book, one with a perspective unlike that of any other. In January 1947 Simone de Beauvoir landed in New York and began a four-month journey that took her from one coast of the United States to the other, and back again. Embraced by the Conde Nast set in a swirl of cocktail parties in New York, where she was hailed as the "prettiest existentialist" by Janet Flanner in The New Yorker, Beauvoir traveled west by car, train, and Greyhound, immersing herself in the nation's culture, customs, people, and landscape. The detailed diary she kept of the trip became America Day by Day, published in France in 1948 and offered here in a completely new translation. It is one of the most intimate, warm, and compulsively readable texts from the great writer's pen. Fascinating pages are devoted to Hollywood, the Grand Canyon, New Orleans, Las Vegas, and San Antonio. We see Beauvoir gambling in a Reno casino, smoking her first marijuana cigarette in the Plaza Hotel, donning raingear to view Niagara Falls, lecturing at Vassar College, and learning firsthand about the Chicago underworld of morphine addicts and petty thieves with her lover Nelson Algren as her guide.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520210677
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/30/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
1,366,487
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Douglas Brinkleyxi
Prefacexvii
January1
February27
March127
April229
May325

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