Writer Simone de Beauvoir was born in Paris. She was among the first women to receive a degree from the Sorbonne.
She is best known for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, her novels including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins and her lifelong relationship with the French philosopher, novelist and playwright Jean-Paul Sartre.
During an interview at her studio in 1965 by the Paris Review she was asked about her work habits.
I am always in a hurry to get going, though in general I dislike starting the day. I first have tea and then, at about ten o’clock, I get under way and work until one. Then I see my friends and after that, at five o’clock, I go back to work and continue until nine.
Although her work always came first, her daily schedule also revolved around her relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre. She would generally work by herself in the morning and join him for lunch. In the afternoon they worked together at Sartre’s apartment which was only a few minutes walk from her own.
Her handwriting was notoriously difficult to read. She didn’t know how to type so employed two typists who were able to decipher what she’d written.