DE BEAUVOIR, Simone (1908-1986)

Autograph letter signed « S. de Beauvoir » to her typewriter Madame Mandinaud
Gary, Indiana, 21 September 1951. One page 1-4

Simone de Beauvoir sends an article about Sade for Les Temps Modernes magazine

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DE BEAUVOIR, Simone (1908-1986)

Autograph letter signed « S. de Beauvoir » to her typewriter Madame Mandinaud
Gary, Indiana, 21 September 1951. One page 1-4
Teared top margin (by Simone de Beauvoir)

Simone de Beauvoir sends an article about Sade for Les Temps Modernes magazine


Chère Madame,

Voilà le texte que vous serez gentille de taper tout de suite ; envoyez le manuscrit et une copie – gardez-en une au cas où l’autre se perdrait – à Jacques Bost – 12 rue de l’Abbaye , 6e. Son téléphone est DAN 11-11, vois serez aimable de vous assurer qu’il a bien reçu l’envoi, et de lui rappeler qu’il doit le remettre à [Raymond] Queneau tout de suite. Merci.

Avec mes meilleurs sentiments

S. de Beauvoir


In her articles on Sade and her essay Should we burn Sade?, Simone de Beauvoir examines the intellectual’s relationship with the dominant class, the ideology of the right today and, by analyzing his work, Sade’s failure in his search for an impossible synthesis between two classes, between the rationalism of bourgeois philosophers and the privileges of the nobility.

This letter is about an article to be published in the magazine Les Temps Modernes in 1951.
Les Temps Modernes is a political, philosophical and literary journal founded in 1945 by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, published by Gallimard.

Jacques-Laurent Bost (1916-1990) is a French writer and journalist. He is part of the existentialist group alongside Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir in addition to being co-founder of the magazine Les Temps Modernes

Raymond Quenau (1903-1976) is a French novelist, poet and playwright. He is co-founder of the literary group Oulipo. His most famous novel remains Zazie in the subway published in 1959.

Rare letter from Simone de Beauvoir sent from Indiana, while on an affaire with her then lover Nelson Algren.