Sartre - De Beauvoir Room Read their story

The vibrant color scheme of deep reds, oranges and browns will fuel your every passion, while the power exuded by the images of this famous couple will lead you on a journey filled with emotion and energy…

Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir


Their story

Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir were the most famous intellectual French couple of the 20th century. They met in 1928 when they were both studying for the agrégation exam in philosophy.
Although they never married, theirs was a lifelong love affair in the form of an open relationship. They also gave critical support and advice on each other’s work.
On his deathbed, Sartre told de Beauvoir, “You’re a good little wife.” She kissed him lightly and lay down next to him.
They are buried in the same tomb, although de Beauvoir was put to rest wearing a ring given to her by the American writer Nelson Algren.


"Between two individuals, harmony is never a given; it must be constantly conquered." Simone de Beauvoir, The Prime of Life
"Desire is expressed by the caress as thought is by language." Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness
"Emotion may be called a sudden fall of consciousness into magic." Jean-Paul Sartre, Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions
"Love, a career, a revolution-- we begin so many undertakings in ignorance of their outcome." Jean-Paul Sartre 

What to see and read

Make the most of your trip by visiting sites that feature prominently in the love story of Sartre and de Beauvoir, or by reading works dedicated to their romance.

What to read

Letters to Sartre, volumes I and II, 1983
Adieux: A Farewell to Sartre, by de Beauvoir (in which she talks about Sartre’s final days)
Three of de Beauvoir’s autobiographies in which she examines their relationship: The Prime of Life, Force of Circumstance and A Very Easy Death

What to visit

They are buried together in the Montparnasse Cemetery, Place Jean Paul Sartre Simone De Beauvoir, Metro station Saint Germain des Près.
They spent almost every evening in the legendary Saint Germain neighborhood. Two of their favorite spots were Café Flore and Deux Magots.