Tête-à-Tête: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre

In conversation with Lynda Obst
Monday, May 1, 2006
Episode Summary

Rowley, a distinguished biographer and Obst, legendary producer of films such as "Sleepless in Seattle" offers an intimate look at one of the world's most unconventional love stories.

Participant(s) Bio

Hazel Rowley is the author of two previous books of nonfiction: Christina Stead: A Biography and Richard Wright: The Life and Times. She has been a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow and a Bunting Institute Fellow at Radcliffe College, and has taught at the University of Iowa and at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. She lives in New York and Paris. For her most recent book, Tête-à-Tête: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, Rowley scoured reams of unpublished letters and conducted in-depth interviews with survivors of the Sartre-Beauvoir circle. She freely explores the contradictions between their private lives and their public images. For once, we have Sartre's perspective, which has long been overshadowed by Beauvoir's memoirs. In Tête-à-Tête, Rowley turns this truly original relationship between two colossal icons of Western culture into one of the world's most enthralling love stories.