He was France's best-known philosopher and chief arbiter of intellectual fashions during the postwar era. She was the most influential forerunner of today's feminist movement, who nonetheless seemed to live in the shadow of the great man. So goes one of the great cultural legends of today. The only problem, Kate and Edward Fullbrook argue, is that it is wrong. This biography of de Beauvoir and Sartre uses newly available documentary evidence in diaries and letters to shed new light on precisely who was the dominant partner in this peculiar relationship. The book shows that both intellectually and sexually, de Beauvoir led and Sartre followed.
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