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The Useless Mouths and Other Literary Writings

Simone de Beauvoir, Margaret A. Simons, and Marybeth Timmermann

Abstract

This book brings to English-language readers literary writings—several previously unknown—by the author. Culled from sources including various American university collections, the works span decades of the author’s career. Ranging from dramatic works and literary theory to radio broadcasts, they collectively reveal fresh insights into the author’s writing process, personal life, and the honing of her philosophy. Highlights of the volume include a new translation of the 1945 play The Useless Mouths, the unpublished 1965 short novel “Misunderstanding in Moscow,” the fragmentary “Notes for a Nove ... More

Keywords: literary writing, literary theory, writing process, short novel, play, The Useless Mouths, Jean-Paul Sartre, French writers, Bluebeard and Other Fairy Tales, La Bâtarde

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036347
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036347.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simone de Beauvoir, author

Margaret A. Simons, editor
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Marybeth Timmermann, editor

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Contents

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Introduction

Margaret A. Simons

1 The Useless Mouths (A Play)

Introduction

Liz StanleyandCatherine Naji

The Useless Mouths

Simone de Beauvoir, TRANSLATION AND NOTES BY Liz Stanley AND Catherine Naji

2 Short Articles on Literature

Introduction

Elizabeth Fallaize

It’s Shakespeare they Don’t Like

Simone de Beauvoir, TRANSLATION BY Marybeth Timmermann, NOTES BY Janella D. Moy AND Marybeth Timmermann

The Novel and the Theater

Simone de Beauvoir, TRANSLATION BY Marybeth Timmermann, NOTES BY Janella D. Moy AND Joe Feigl

An American Renaissance in France

Simone de Beauvoir, NOTES BY Janella D. Moy

New Heroes for Old

Simone de Beauvoir, NOTES BY Margaret Simons AND OTHERS

3 Existentialist Theater

Introduction

Dennis A. Gilbert

Existentialist Theater

Simone de Beauvoir, TRANSCRIBED BY Sabine Crespo, TRANSLATION BY Marybeth Timmermann, NOTES BY Dennis A. Gilbert

4 A Story I Used to Tell Myself

Introduction

Ursula Tidd

A Story I Used to Tell Myself

Simone de Beauvoir, a SOUND RECORDING PRESENTED BY Marc Blancpain, TRANSCRIPTION BY Julien Breining AND Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir, TRANSLATION AND NOTES BY Veronique Zaytzeff AND Frederick Morrison

5 Preface to La Bâtarde by Violette Leduc

Introduction

Alison S. Fell

Preface To La Bâtarde by Violette Leduc

Simone de Beauvoir, TRANSLATION BY Marybeth Timmermann, NOTES BY Janella D. Moy

6 What Can Literature Do?

Introduction

Laura Hengehold

What Can Literature Do?

Simone de Beauvoir, TRANSLATION BY Marybeth Timmermann, NOTES BY Janella D. Moy AND Margaret Simons

7 Misunderstanding in Moscow

Introduction

Terry Keefe

Misunderstanding in Moscow

Simone de Beauvoir, TRANSLATION AND NOTES BY Terry Keefe

8 My Experience as a Writer

Introduction

Elizabeth Fallaize

My Experience as a Writer

Simone de Beauvoir, TRANSLATION AND NOTES BY J. Debbie Mann

9 Short Prefaces to Literary Works

Introduction

Eleanore Holveck

Introduction to Bluebeard and Other Fairy Tales

Simone de Beauvoir, NOTES BY Janella D. Moy

Preface to James Joyce in Paris: His Final Years

Simone de Beauvoir, NOTES BY Janella D. Moy

Preface To Amélie 1

Simone de Beauvoir, TRANSLATION BY Marybeth Timmermann, NOTES BY Janella D. Moy

Foreword to History: A Novel

Simone de Beauvoir, NOTES BY Janella D. Moy

10 Notes for a Novel

Introduction

Meryl Altman

Notes for a Novel

Simone de Beauvoir, TRANSCRIPTION BY Sarah Gendron, Justine Sarrot, AND Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir, TRANSLATION BY Sarah Gendron, NOTES BY Sarah Gendron, Meryl Altman, AND Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir