Books: America with Preconceptions

AMERICA DAY BY .DAY (337 pp.)—Sim one de Beauvoir—Grove Press ($4).

Simone de Beauvoir had not seen so many stars since Jean-Paul Sartre crowned her Queen of Existentialism with the canopy of a bed one bibulous night in Paris (TIME, Jan. 28, 1946). Now her plane from Paris was over New York, whose myriad lights were so brilliant that it was as if "all the stars in the sky were rolled out over the ground." Still dazzled when the plane landed, the queen alighted, sped into the city, and, feeling estranged, could not quite...

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