In every one of your novels we find a female character who is misled by false notions and who is threatened by madness.
Lots of modern women are like that. Women are obliged to play at being what they aren't, to play, for example, at being great courtesans, to fake their personalities. They're on the brink of neurosis. I feel very sympathetic toward women of that type. They interest me more than the well-balanced housewife and mother. There are, of course, women who interest me even more, those who are both true and independent, who work and create.
Simone de Beauvoir: The Art of Fiction No. 35, Interviewed by Madeleine Gobeil, in Women at Work: Interviews from the Paris Review
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