By Hazel Rowley
Passionate, freethinking existentialist philosopher-writers Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre are one of many world's mythical undefined. Their dedicated yet notoriously open union generated no finish of controversy of their day. Biographer Hazel Rowley deals the 1st twin portrait of those giant figures and their extreme, frequently embattled courting. via unique interviews and entry to new basic assets, Rowley portrays Sartre and Beauvoir up shut. T?te-?-T?te magnificently info the fervour, bold, humor, and contradictions of a remarkably unorthodox dating.
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She knew Sartre would regard them as a weakness. 28 Tête-à-Tête Sartre had made clear from the beginning that monogamy did not interest him. He liked women (far more than men, he always said), and he did not intend to stop having affairs at the age of twentythree. Nor should Beauvoir, he said. The love they had for each other was “essential,” and primary. They were “two of a kind,” each other’s double, and their relationship would surely last for life. But they should not deprive themselves of what he called “contingent” affairs, meaning secondary and more arbitrary.
She was thirty-five, twelve years older than Beauvoir, and crazy about Katherine Mansfield—both her work and her life. Beauvoir noticed that Tuffreau did not seem nearly as passionate about her husband, who was recovering from tuberculosis in a distant clinic. 46 Tête-à-Tête Suzanne Tuffreau introduced Beauvoir to her friends. They often ate together, went to concerts and films, and, one weekend, made an excursion to Arles. Thanks to her new friend, Beauvoir moved into the room above Tuffreau’s apartment—charming digs on the elegant Avenue du Prado, with a balcony overlooking the rooftops and plane trees.
27 Jollivet was three years older than Sartre and had grand ambitions to be a writer. Sartre drew her up a reading list, encouraged her, lectured her. He saw his role as preventing her from botching her life. She risked being nothing other than a dreaming Madame Bovary; he would make her into an artist. ”28 He wrote back: “Who has made you what you are? Who is trying to keep you from turning into a bourgeoise, an aesthete, a whore? Who has taken charge of your intelligence? ”29 Sartre took her along to the Ecole Normale ball one year.