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Romantic Couples Through the Ages

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Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre

These avant-garde intellectuals maintained a close friendship and an atypical romance throughout their adult lives -- they were not proponents of monogamy and rejected societal standards for relationships. Their unconventional attitudes caused persistent friction between them, but also provided fuel for Simone's fictionalized account of Sartre's various amorous relationships. The two were irreplaceable to one another as workmates; Jean-Paul depended on Simone for constructive criticism, and he never sent a piece to his publisher without her approval.

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