Item #17514 The Blood of Others. Simone De Beauvoir.
The Blood of Others
The Blood of Others

The Blood of Others

New York: Albert A. Knopf, 1948. 1st Edition. 8vo. Very Good / Very Good. Item #17514

A splendid 1st US Edition of this WW II classic from the French Existentialist.

" Beauvoir began writing The Blood of Others in 1941, and it was 'essentially finished' by May 1943. Beauvoir wrote it in the Café de Flore in Paris, arriving at 8am each morning, because the café was heated while the hotel in which she lived was not. Beauvoir used some of her own experiences for the novel. Hélène's fleeing from Paris as the Germans advanced is based on Beauvoir's own actions - in June 1940 she travelled with friends by car to Laval and then by coach to Angers. Blomart's reaction to the death of the baby son of his family's maid (chapter 1) is based on Beauvoir's own experience of the same as a young woman.

"The story of Madeleine volunteering to help in the Spanish civil War and injuring her foot by spilling hot water over it is based on a similar event that occurred to writer Simone Weil. According to another source, much of Hélène's behaviour is based on that of Nathalie Sorokine, a pupil and friend of Beauvoir's and to whom The Blood of Others is dedicated."

Orange cloth. Square tight binding. Clean interior, save for a small previous bookseller price in ink to top of front endpaper. Dust jacket with mild rubbing, light soiling and edge wear. Former small bookseller price in ink at top of front-inner flap. Presents handsomely in archival mylar.

Price: $125.00

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