Simone de Beauvoir

1908 - 1986

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Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir (UK: , US: ; French: [simɔn də bovwaʁ] (listen); 9 January 1908 – 14 April 1986) was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, she had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory.Beauvoir wrote novels, essays, biographies, autobiographies and monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues. She was known for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism; and for her novels, including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Simone de Beauvoir has received more than 3,651,362 page views. Her biography is available in 118 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 115 in 2019). Simone de Beauvoir is the 47th most popular writer (up from 50th in 2019), the 37th most popular biography from France (down from 35th in 2019) and the 13th most popular French Writer.

Simone de Beauvoir is most famous for her book, The Second Sex, which is a feminist work that argues that women are treated as the 'second sex' in society.

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Among writers, Simone de Beauvoir ranks 47 out of 5,794Before her are Thomas Mann, Hermann Hesse, Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, Giacomo Casanova, and Denis Diderot. After her are F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gabriel García Márquez, Charles Baudelaire, Aristophanes, Friedrich Schiller, and Daniel Defoe.

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Among people born in 1908, Simone de Beauvoir ranks 1After her are Oskar Schindler, James Stewart, Abraham Maslow, Salvador Allende, Enver Hoxha, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Lyndon B. Johnson, Herbert von Karajan, Otto Skorzeny, Ian Fleming, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Among people deceased in 1986, Simone de Beauvoir ranks 1After her are Wallis Simpson, Jorge Luis Borges, Olof Palme, Andrei Tarkovsky, Vyacheslav Molotov, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Mircea Eliade, Cary Grant, Tenzing Norgay, Joseph Beuys, and Henry Moore.

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Among people born in France, Simone de Beauvoir ranks 37 out of 5,234Before her are Stendhal (1783), Alexandre Dumas (1802), Émile Durkheim (1858), Marcel Proust (1871), Alain Delon (1935), and Denis Diderot (1713). After her are Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807), Charles Baudelaire (1821), Auguste Comte (1798), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841), Coco Chanel (1883), and Édouard Manet (1832).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Simone de Beauvoir ranks 13Before her are Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900), Émile Zola (1840), Stendhal (1783), Alexandre Dumas (1802), Marcel Proust (1871), and Denis Diderot (1713). After her are Charles Baudelaire (1821), Gustave Flaubert (1821), Arthur Rimbaud (1854), Charles Perrault (1628), Romain Rolland (1866), and Marquis de Sade (1740).