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Simone Weil

Author: Francine du Plessix Gray
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2001.
Series: Penguin lives series.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Simone Weil, du Plessix Gray vividly evokes the life a patriot, mystic, and activist, a pampered intellectual who believed in the redemptive value of manual labor, an ascetic who craved sensuous beauty, the daughter of a secular Jewish family who yearned to enter the Catholic Church, Simone Weil died at the age of thirty-four after a long struggle with anorexia. But her tremendous intellectual legacy foreshadowed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Gray, Francine du Plessix.
Simone Weil.
New York : Viking, 2001
(OCoLC)606550086
Named Person: Simone Weil
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Francine du Plessix Gray
ISBN: 0670899984 9780670899982
OCLC Number: 45195633
Description: 248 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Contents: Part I: Home --
The Factory of genius --
The Master teacher --
Normale Part II: Community --
The Militant years, 1931-34 --
The Year of factory work, 1934-35 --
The Budding of faith, 1935-38 --
Toward God and war, 1938-39 Part III: Exile --
The Debacle --
Marseilles --
New York --
London --
Our father who art in secret --
Acknowlegments, Notes, Bibliography.
Series Title: Penguin lives series.
Responsibility: Francine du Plessix Gray.

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In Simone Weil, du Plessix Gray vividly evokes the life a patriot, mystic, and activist, a pampered intellectual who believed in the redemptive value of manual labor, an ascetic who craved sensuous beauty, the daughter of a secular Jewish family who yearned to enter the Catholic Church, Simone Weil died at the age of thirty-four after a long struggle with anorexia. But her tremendous intellectual legacy foreshadowed many of the twentieth century's great changes and continues to influence religious thought today. Du Plessix Gray's biography traces Weil's transformation from privileged Parisian student to union organizer, activist, and philosopher, as well as the complex evolution of her ideas on Christianity, politics, and sexuality. This subtle and compelling biography illuminates an enigmatic figure and early feminist whose passion and pathos will fascinate a wide audience. Francine du Plessix Gray's biography of the Marquis de Sade, At Home with the Marquis de Sade, was hailed by The New York Times Book Review as a "boldly imaginative retelling" of his life & garnered the critically acclaimed author a Pulitzer Prize nomination. In Simone Weil, du Plessix Gray vividly evokes the life of an equally complex & intriguing figure. A patriot & a mystic, an unruly activist plagued by self-doubt, a pampered intellectual with a credo of manual labor, an ascetic who craved sensuous beauty, Simone Weil died at the age of thirty-four & whose premature death came after a long struggle with anorexia. But her tremendous intellectual legacy foresaw many of the twentieth century's great changes & continues to influence philosophy today. Simone Weil traces this seminal thinker's transformation from privileged Parisian student to union organizer, activist, & philosopher as well as the complex evolution of her ideas on Christianity, politics, & sexuality. In this thoughtful & compelling biography, du Plessix Gray illuminates an enigmatic figure & early feminist whose passion & pathos will fascinate a wide audience of readers.

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