Simone de Beauvoir
(1908-1986)

Died aged c. 78

Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir (UK: /də ˈboʊvwɑːr/, US: /də boʊˈvwɑːr/; French: [simɔn də bovwaʁ]; 9 January 1908 – 14 April 1986) was a French existentialist philosopher, writer, social theorist, and feminist activist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, and even though she was not considered one at the time of her death, she had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory. Beauvoir wrote novels, essays, biographies, autobiographies, and monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues. She was known for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism; and for her novels, including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins. Her most enduring contribution to literature is her memoirs, notably the first volume, "Mémoires d'une jeune fille rangée" (1958), which has a warmth and descriptive power. She won the 1954 Prix Goncourt, the 1975 Jerusalem Prize, and the 1978 Austrian State Prize for European Literature. She was also known for her open, lifelong relationship with French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre.

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Dans cet hôtel ont habité, entre 1937 et 1939, puis à diverses reprises durant la guerre, Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) – Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980). Soucieux de préserver leur liberté mutuelle, ils occupaient à l'hôtel deux chambres séparées dominant le cimetière du Montparnasse où la mort les a réunis.

English translation: In this hotel lived, between 1937 and 1939, and on various occasions during the war, Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) - Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980). In an effort to preserve their mutual freedom, they occupied two separate rooms in the hotel overlooking the cemetery of Montparnasse, where they were united by death. [AWS Translate]

Hôtel Mistral, 24 rue Cels, Paris, France where they lived