The Woman Destroyed Born in Paris in 1908, Simone de Beauvoir is a legendary figure. A lifelong companion of Jean-Paul Sartre and a pioneering feminist, she wrote books that are famous throughout the world. Her works of fiction include The Mandarins, All Men Are Mortal, The Blood of Others, When Things of the Spirit Come First, and The Woman Destroyed. Her nonfiction includes The Second Sex, A Very Easy Death, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter, Force of Circumstance, The Prime of Life, and The Coming of Age. Simone de Beauvoir died in 1986.