A Dangerous Liasion: A Revalatory New Biography of Simone Debeauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre

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A Dangerous Liaison tells the intense, passionate, and sometimes painful story of how two brilliant free-thinkers, lovers, and rivals came to share a relationship that lasted more than fifty years. Moving from the corridors of the Sorbonne to the cafés of Paris's Left Bank, we discover how the strikingly beautiful and gifted young Simone De Beauvoir came to fall in love with the squinting, arrogant, hard-drinking Jean-Paul Sartre. We learn about that first summer of 1929, filled with heated debates that went on ...

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A Dangerous Liaison: A Revalatory New Biography of Simone DeBeauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre

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Overview

A Dangerous Liaison tells the intense, passionate, and sometimes painful story of how two brilliant free-thinkers, lovers, and rivals came to share a relationship that lasted more than fifty years. Moving from the corridors of the Sorbonne to the cafés of Paris's Left Bank, we discover how the strikingly beautiful and gifted young Simone De Beauvoir came to fall in love with the squinting, arrogant, hard-drinking Jean-Paul Sartre. We learn about that first summer of 1929, filled with heated debates that went on long into the night, sexual rivalry and betrayal, and the dangerous ideas that led people to experiment with new ways of behaving. We hear how Sartre compromised with the Nazis and fell into a Soviet honey-trap. And, thanks to recently discovered letters written by the avowed feminist De Beauvoir, Seymour - Jones reveals the darker, more dangerous side to the couple's philosophy of free love. This is a compelling and fascinating account of what lay behind the legend that this brilliant, tempestuous couple created.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590204030
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Carole-Seymour Jones was educated Oxford and Sussex Universities. Her recent biography Painted Shadow was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Preface xi

Part 1 The Pursuit of Happiness 1905-38

1 Becoming 3

2 The Frog Prince 17

3 Jacques 26

4 La Rochelle 36

5 Zaza 48

6 Rivals: The Kobra and the Llama 59

7 The Summer of Love 68

8 A Month in the Country 76

9 A 'Morganatic' Marriage 83

10 On Her Paris Honeymoon 93

11 Marooned in Mudtown 103

12 The Little Russian 114

13 Berlin 126

14 Bewitched 137

15 The Trio 151

16 Notoriety 169

17 Breaking the Rules 181

18 In the Shadow of War 188

Part 2 The Dark Years 1939-44

19 Women in Love 205

20 The Turn of the Screw 221

21 Occupation 235

22 Stalag 247

23 The New Order 253

24 Supping with the Devil 265

25 Liberation 283

Part 3 Écrivains Engagés 1945-56

26 Retribution and Remorse 299

27 Dolorès 309

28 The Abyss 322

29 Nelson, My Sweet Crocodile 334

Part 4 False Gods 1952-68

30 Breaking Point 349

31 Body Trouble 369

32 My Last Good Friend 380

33 Freedom Fighters 394

34 Madame Z(artre) 411

35 Betrayal 430

Part 5 The Farewell Ceremony 1969-86

36 Feminist Mother 449

37 The Abduction of an Old Man 465

38 Adieux 485

Bibliography 495

Notes 504

Index 562

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