Daily Archives for: February 27th, 2018

Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir (January 9, 1908 – April 14, 1986), born Simone-Lucie-Ernestine-Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir, was a French author, existential philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist. Her most enduring work is The Second Sex (1949).

Born in Paris, de Beauvoir was very religious in her youth. She intended to become a nun until a crisis of faith at age fourteen resulted in her becoming an atheist. This remained central to her philosophy for the rest of her life.

After receiving a dual Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and philosophy in 1925 from the Institut Catholique, she continued her studies at the Sorbonne. There, de Beauvoir studied philosophy, as well as passing exams for certificates in Greek, logic, ethics, sociology, and psychology. Read More→

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Classic Quotes from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888) is best known as the author of Little Women and its sequels, including Jo’s Boys and Little Men, though the scope of her work goes far beyond these beloved books.  Following is a selection of quotes from Little Women that remind us why the classic novel is so timeless.

In 1868, Louisa’s publisher offhandedly asked that she try writing a “girls’ story” for their list. Thinking little of the request, she cranked it out in two and a half months, though her heart wasn’t in it. Neither she nor her publisher thought it was in any way remarkable. 

In addition to her literary pursuits, Louisa May Alcott was also known for promoting women’s rights and campaigning for women’s suffrage. Her views came through in the dialog between her characters. Read More→

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