Crosland, Margaret. Simone de Beauvoir: The Woman and Her Work. London: Heinemann, 1992.
From the publisher:
From 1949, when she wrote “The Second Sex”, until her death in 1986, Simone de Beauvoir was at the centre of French intellectual life. This biography explores de Beauvoir’s relationships with men and women to reveal her femininity and emotional nature, linking these to her literary development.