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She Came to Stay

Paperback edition released 16/01/2006

by Simone de Beauvoir

Part of the Harper Perennial Modern Classics Series

Modern and Contemporary Fiction Relationship Stories Literary Fiction

She Came to Stay Synopsis

Written as an act of revenge against the 17 year-old who came between her and Jean-Paul Sartre, She Came to Stay is Simone de Beauvoir's first novel - a lacerating study of a young, naive couple in love and the usurping woman who comes between them.

'It is impossible to talk about faithfulness and unfaithfulness where we are concerned. You and I are simply one. Neither of us can be described without the other.'

It was unthinkable that Pierre and Francoise should ever tire of each other. And yet, both talented and restless, they constantly feel the need for new sensations, new people. Because of this they bring the young, beautiful and irresponsible Xaviere into their life who, determined to take Pierre for herself, drives a wedge between them, with unforeseeable, disastrous consequences...

Published in 1943, 'She Came to Stay' is Simone de Beauvoir's first novel. Written as an act of revenge against the woman who nearly destroyed her now legendary, unorthodox relationship with the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, it fictionalises the events of 1935, when Sartre became infatuated with seventeen-year old Olga Bost, a pupil and devotee of de Beauvoir's.

Passionately eloquent, coolly and devastatingly ironic, 'She Came to Stay' is one of the most extraordinary and powerful pieces of fictional autobiography of the twentieth century, in which de Beauvoir's 'tears for her characters freeze as they drop.'

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780007204649
Publication date: 16th January 2006
Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Publisher: HarperPerennial an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Primary Genre Literary Fiction
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Simone de Beauvoir Press Reviews

'Simone de Beauvoir has the true novelist's gift of selecting detail and creating individuals whilst refusing to sum up situations'

A.S. BYATT

'Simone de Beauvoir is a writer whose every work I pounce on eagerly - her vision is so wide, the tale she tells is so interesting, her characterisation so psychologically profound'

YORKSHIRE POST

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About Simone de Beauvoir

Simon de Beauvoir was born in Paris in 1908. A close friend of the writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Satre, and well-known as a leader of the Existentialist movement in Paris, her novels have won wide acclaim throughout the world. Her famous work, The Second Sex, was hailed as a landmark study of women, and her novels, including The Woman Destroyed and She Came to Stay, have become well-loved classics. She died in 1968.

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