Books: Dynamite in the Tower

SHE CAME TO STAY (404 pp.)—Simone de Beauvoir—World ($5).

Simone de Beauvoir's place in the French intellectual world is that of a woman who has marched into an all-male club and taken over a deep chair by the window. She cannot be thrown out because 1) she is a first-rate expounder of the teachings of one of the club's most celebrated current philosophers (and her great and good friend), Existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre, and 2) she can talk most of the other members under the intellectual table.

Author de Beauvoir's introduction to the club was perhaps her 1943 novel, L'Invitee, now published in the...

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