Coming of Age by Simone de Beauvoir

The Coming of Age by Simone de Beauvoir. 1972 Putnam, first U.S. edition, 585 pages. De Beauvoir was best known for her seminal feminist work the Second Sex, as well as her novels and philosophical works, romance with Sartre, and activism. Her writing ranged from fictionalizing a real-life love triangle to detailing her ambivalence toward her mother's death. In Coming of Age, De Beauvoir explores how old age is treated in society. Elizabeth Hardwick gave the book a glowing review in the New York Times: "A fluent use of history and literature, the portraits of great and humble persons who were given long life, the lessons of philosophy and the power of social indignation — these come together in a prodigious outburst of energy and imagination."

Condition: Jacket in good condition, price mark on front flap, small tear on front cover, book VG, owner name on endpaper.

"Another statement must be made at once: it is impossible to write a history of old age."

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