Posted on 12/16/2020 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Imagine the letters you sent rejecting someone’s romantic overtures selling for £51,500 (about $69,650).

Writer Simone de Beauvoir doesn’t, of course, know that she holds that honor, but hold it she does.

The Guardian reports that a collection of nearly three hundred letters from de Beauvoir to her friend Violette Leduc was sold at auction yesterday.

Among them is de Beauvoir’s polite but firm “no thanks” to Leduc’s admission of love for her.

Leduc, also a writer, wasn’t nearly as famous as de Beauvoir, only achieving recognition at the end of her life when her “frank depiction of lesbian sex” became more acceptable.

You can read more about the letters and see a few in the Guardian.

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