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Kate Kirkpatrick
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Cate Haste

Simone de Beauvoir and Alma Mahler - Becoming a Woman

Kate Kirkpatrick and Cate Haste

Monday, 30 March 2020

12:00pm

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

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Biographers Kate Kirkpatrick and Cate Haste reflect on the strong women at the centre of their latest works – the writer of the feminist bible Simone de Beauvoir and ‘the first celebrity’ Alma Mahler – and how they forged their own paths in life.

Beauvoir famously wrote ‘one is not born a woman, but becomes one’. Kirkpatrick’s Becoming Beauvoir: A Life charts how the writer of The Second Sex became herself. She tackles the distortions that plagued de Beauvoir during her lifetime and after her death including over her relationship with Jean Paul Sartre. Kirkpatrick is a lecturer in religion, philosophy and culture at King’s College London and author of several books and articles on Sartre, Beauvoir, and French existentialism.

Haste’s Passionate Spirit: The Life of Alma Mahler reappraises the life of one of the most controversial muses in history. Alma Mahler had marriages to the composer Gustav Mahler, the Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius and the novelist, playwright and poet Franz Werfel. She was variously seen as cruel, vain, unreliable and as a femme-fatale. Haste finds a talented composer who was generous, creative and zealous in the pursuit of love. Haste’s previous books include Craigie Aitchison, Nazi Women, Clarissa Eden and, with Cherie Blair, The Goldfish Bowl.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. All facilities generously donated to the festival The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Chêne Bleu Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Sloane Club Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd