Sylvie Le Bon-de Beauvoir

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Sylvie Le Bon-de Beauvoir is the adoptive daughter of Simone de Beauvoir. She is a philosophy professor. The meeting between the two women was recounted in the book Tout compte fait, which Beauvoir dedicated to her.

In the 1960s, Sylvie Le Bon was a brilliant young philosophy student, so empassioned by Beauvoir's books that she decided to meet her. Initially very intimidated by her, she rapidly became the 60-year-old writer's friend despite Sylvie's youth. Together, they travelled and formed their conception of philosophy and feminist struggle.

When Jean-Paul Sartre died in 1980, Sylvie took care of the tired and ill Simone de Beauvoir. So as not to be dependent on her sister, Hélène de Beauvoir, Simone decided to adopt Sylvie and at the same time to grant her the moral rights to her literary works.

After the death of Simone de Beauvoir in 1986, Sylvie Le Bon-de Beauvoir published several volumes of letters:

  • Lettres à Sartre - an anthology of the letters between Simone de Beauvoir and Sartre
  • Lettres à Nelson Algren
  • Correspondance croisée (Simone de Beauvoir and Jacques-Laurent Bost)
  • Anne, ou quand prime le spirituel (republication of Simone's first novel)

She is preparing a publication of the letters of Simone de Beauvoir and Violette Leduc in May 2006 (communication with the writer, May 2006).