Simone de Beauvoir as Novelist

Podhoretz, Norman. “Simone de Beauvoir as Novelist” in The Norman Podhoretz Reader: A Selection of His Writings from the 1950s through the 1990s. New York and London, Free Press, 2004.

From the publisher:

Norman Podhoretz “is a thinker and writer and polemicist, a geopolitician and student of religious ideas, an autobiographer of genius, a man who reacts sharply to the news as it pours from the press and the airwaves, who thinks deeply, angrily, and sincerely about it, and commits his thoughts into vivid and penetrative argument.”

So writes the eminent British historian Paul Johnson in his introduction to this indispensable collection of Norman Podhoretz’s essays of the past fifty years. Organized by decade, these essays, fascinating in themselves, also add up to a running history of American literature and intellectual life in the second half of the twentieth century.

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