Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) always stood in the shadow of her lover and teacher, Jean-Paul Sartre, despite the fact that she was a brilliant writer and philosopher in her own right. Her monumental study The Second Sex made her a cult figure of the Feminist movement.
Lisa Appignanesi is a novelist, writer and broadcaster. She has written a portrait of Simone de Beauvoir and Cabaret (2004, Yale University Press) and a book on James, Proust and Musil. She is the co-author of Freud’s Women with John Forrester (Penguin).