The Second Sex
de Beauvoir (Simone)
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  1. ‘One is not born a woman, one becomes one’
  2. Simone de Beauvoir’s great study of Woman has become a landmark in the history of feminism. Scholarly, yet witty and lucid, the book observes its subject from biological, historical, sociological, literary, psychoanalytical and mythological standpoints.
  3. Reviewing The Second Sex when it first appeared in 1953, The Times Literary Supplement wrote: ‘There has not been so important a contribution to this subject since the publication of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One's Own ... she is not only a careful and scholarly writer, she is a novelist and the value of her work owes a great deal to the penetrating power of her imagination.’
  4. The Guardian called the book ‘remarkably exciting and readable... each paragraph is packed with wisdom and information’.


Penguin Modern Classics, translated 1953; 1984 reprint

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