Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Happy Birthday, Simone.

Photograph of Simone de Beauvoir via Jacket Mechanical

It's very hard to review one's past without cheating a little. My desire to write goes far back. I wrote stories at the age of eight, but lots of children do the same. That doesn't really mean they have a vocation for writing. It may be that in my case the vocation was accentuated because I had lost religious faith; it's also true that when I read books that moved me deeply, such as George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss, I wanted terribly much to be, like her, someone whose books would be read, whose books would move readers. 
Interviewed by Madeleine Gobeil for the Paris Review

Dearest Simone, they do. Happy birthday!

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