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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »

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The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir
The Second Sex

gkenyon, December 1, 2008

Wrong, and wrong.
This is not the best translation available from the French of Le deuxième sexe, it's the only one. The publisher (Alfred A. Knopf) who owns the translation rights is blocking the release of a new complete translation, as has been demanded by Beauvoir and by her literary executor.
It was done by a zoologist with no background in feminism or in philosophy. About 200 pages of content are cut, and what was cut shows a sexist bias toward the content in the original French. Philosophical concepts are mangled by the translator and it is in fact impossible for the English-speaking reader to fully understand the thesis put forth by Beauvoir without consulting a version in another language or a work that outlines some of the discrepancies in the Knopf version.

As much as this is a fantastic and essential book, it will be best to wait for the release of a new English translation (which is rumoured to be forthcoming).

refer, if you like, to this new york times article:
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http:// query.nytimes.com/ gst/fullpage.html?res= 9402EED6163F F931A1575BC0A962 9C8B63&page wanted=all
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