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The Woman Destroyed

(1967)
A collection of stories by

 
 
First published in 1967, this book consists of three short novellas on the theme of women's vulnerability – in the first, to the process of ageing, in the second to loneliness, and, in the third, to the growing indifference of a loved one.

THE WOMAN DESTROYED is a collection of three stories, each an exquisite and passionate study of a woman trapped by circumstances, trying to rebuild her life.

In the first story, ‘The Age of Discretion’, a successful scholar fast approaching middle age faces a double shock – her son’s abandonment of the career she has chosen for him and the harsh critical rejection of her latest academic work. ‘The Monologue’ is an extraordinary New Year’s Eve outpouring of invective from a woman consumed with bitterness and loneliness after her son and her husband have left home. Finally, in ‘The Woman Destroyed’, Simone de Beauvoir tells the story of Monique, trying desperately to resurrect her life after her husband confesses to an affair with a younger woman.

Compassionate, lucid, full of wit and knowing, Simone de Beauvoir’s rare insight into the inequalities and complexities of women’s lives is unsurpassable.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

January 1969 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Woman Destroyed
Author(s): Simone de Beauvoir
ISBN: 0-00-221933-6 / 978-0-00-221933-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins
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Paperback Editions

January 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Woman Destroyed (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
Author(s): Simone De Beauvoir
ISBN: 0-00-720465-5 / 978-0-00-720465-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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1984 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Woman Destroyed (Flamingo S.)
Author(s): Simone de Beauvoir
ISBN: 0-00-654058-9 / 978-0-00-654058-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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August 1987 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Woman Destroyed (Pantheon Modern Writers)
Author(s): Simone De Beauvoir
ISBN: 0-394-71103-3 / 978-0-394-71103-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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September 1981 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Woman Destroyed (Fontana modern novels)
Author(s): Simone de Beauvoir
ISBN: 0-00-613598-6 / 978-0-00-613598-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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February 1971 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Woman Destroyed
Author(s): Simone De Beauvoir
ISBN: 0-00-612525-5 / 978-0-00-612525-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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Kindle Editions

August 2018 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Woman Destroyed (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
Author(s): Simone de Beauvoir
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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January 2013 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Woman Destroyed (Pantheon Modern Writers)
Author(s): Simone De Beauvoir
Publisher: Pantheon
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