Tete-a-Tete: The Tumultuous Lives and Loves of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre

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Passionate, freethinking existentialist philosopher-writers Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre are one of the world's legendary couples. Their committed but notoriously open union generated no end of controversy in their day. Biographer Hazel Rowley offers the first dual portrait of these two colossal figures and their intense, often embattled relationship. Through original interviews and access to new primary sources, Rowley portrays Sartre and Beauvoir up close.

Tête-à-Tête magnificently details the passion, daring, humor, and contradictions of a remarkably unorthodox relationship.

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Hazel Rowley is the author of two previous books: Christina Stead: A Biography and Richard Wright: The Life And Times. She has been a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow and a Bunting Institute Fellow at Radcliffe College, and has taught at the University of Iowa and at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. She lives in New York and Paris.

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“Fascinating . . . A neatly assembled record of people behaving badly in the name of literature, philosophy and amour.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Exhilirating.” (Houston Chronicle)

“Compulsively readable... The surprise page-turner of the season... [A] fascinating study of a passion that transcended convention.” (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

“An enthralling book.” (Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World)

“Engrossing... Tells Beauvoir and Sartre’s repellent, inspiring and unlikely tale more completely and concisely than it has ever been told.” (New York Times Book Review)

“TETE-A-TETE has just about everything... Hard as I tried, I could not put it down.” (Barbara Ehrenreich)

“Enormously rich and utterly absorbing . . . a short, concise, penetrating look into the famous couple who changed their century.” (Brenda Maddox)

“An in-depth, unflinching account . . . TETE-A-TETE provides a valuable cultural history.” (Boston Globe)

“[A] sympathetic but clear-eyed history of Sartre and Beauvoir’s lifelong partnership.” (New York Times)

“A fast-moving yet vast saga, spanning the bulk of the 20th century and much of the world.” (Seattle Times)

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