Taken from the spring 2007 Schedule of Classes and Activities at the SPARK program at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Simone de Beauvoir journeyed to America in January, 1947. Although she did not intend to write a book, she kept a detailed diary of her observations, which was published in France in 1948. This was two years before the publication of The Second Sex. The reader is struck not only by the meticulous descriptive passages of American history and geography but also by Beauvoir’s ability to encapsulate our national psyche and to comment on our shortcomings. Feminism is also discussed openly and causes us to take note. Participants shared her vision and compared it with their own while discussing the two following books over six weeks.

Books – America Day by Day, and A Very Easy Death, by Simone de Beauvoir




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