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Mémoires d’une jeune fille rangée/Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir (1958)

In the first and most famous volume of her autobiography, feminist and philosopher Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) remembers being in Paris on the evening of the Carpentier-Dempsey fight, when she was thirteen:

“There was one quite extraordinary evening when we were drinking hot chocolate on the terrace of the Café Prévost, near the offices of Le Matin. An electric sign on the top of the building was giving the progress of the fight between Dempsey and Carpentier in New York [sic]. The street corners were black with people. When Carpentier was knocked out, men and women burst into tears; I went home filled with pride at having been the witness of such a great event.”