Kate Kirkpatrick: Becoming Beauvoir in St Andrews

Wednesday 9th October

  • Venue The Bookshop, 7 Greyfriars Garden, St Andrews, KY16 9HG
  • Doors open 7.40pm
  • Start time 8pm
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Simone de Beauvoir was a philosopher, novelist, existentialist, and feminist icon. Her novels won prestigious literary prizes and The Second Sex transformed the way we think about sex and gender. She was also the long-term lover of Jean-Paul Sartre, but it was to film-maker Claude Lanzmann that she wrote `You are my destiny, my eternity, my life…’ in letters which only came to light in 2018.

A lecturer at King’s College London, Kate Kirkpatrick draws on previously unavailable diaries and letters to explore new personal details from Beauvoir’s life. She has written a groundbreaking and knowledgeable work about a truly fascinating figure, and is certain to provide an evening of scintillating discussion.