The History of The Second Sex


At Flavorwire, Sarah Bakewell shares an excerpt from At the Existentialist Café. In the excerpt, Bakewell looks at Simone de Beauvoir’s writing of The Second Sex—for Bakewell, the most important book to come out of existentialism, a hugely important feminist tome that began with a wild-looking de Beauvoir sitting at a writing desk unsure of what to put down.

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