Books: Minerva's Mother

A VERY EASY DEATH by Simone de Beauvoir. 106 pages. Putnam. $3.95.

Simone de Beauvoir's meticulous scholarship of her own psychology has made her a formidable, if exasperating, novelist and autobiographer. In both forms she has displayed an intransigent hostility toward the values of her own family—Catholic, provincial, bourgeois. She has celebrated an escape into atheism, Paris and existentialism, and she has strewn a great deal of philosophical confetti over her famous non-wedding with Jean-Paul Sartre, her unembarrassable non-bridegroom. Now, this brilliant, honest, but Gallically humorless woman, who in The Second Sex denied...

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