Summer 1953 • Vol. XV No. 3 Book Reviews |

The Truth about Women

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir. Translated by H. M. Parshley. Knopf. $10.00. Miss de Beauvoir explained when she was in this country that the Existentialists are against the tradition of bourgeois writers who used to spend years in Paris polishing a sentence while supported by their families. The Existentialists believe in living by the pen and to do so they have to write fast. This long work is a triumph, a headlong triumph, of her philosophy. In the Edwardian era fatuous gentlemen used to say they wished they could know the content of a woman's mind. Here it is. And it irritates American readers a great deal either because of the mass of material they think false or inapplicable to them or because of the sharp sentence, the sharp paragraph, in each chapter, sometimes on each page, that strikes home. The net effect of the book, even for those who disagree with most of it, is that an unexpected amount of truth has been presented. As Margaret Mead said, the gist of it i

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