This rare document, in Mary Shelley's own
handwriting, brings to life one of literature's
most famous characters. The manuscript
offers an intimate and fascinating insight
into Mary Shelley's creative process.
The Second Sex
As she was writing The Second Sex, Simone
de Beauvoir would throw her drafts away,
without knowing that her friends would
retrieve them from her wastepaper basket...
Les Éditions des Saints Pères specialises in the publication of facsimile editions of important manuscripts. Founded in 2012, Les Saints Pères’ conception is intimately linked with a love of literature as well as an appreciation of unique and beautiful objects. In the context of our increasingly digitized world, our goal is to restore the magic of the manuscript as a pure and untouched vehicle between the artist and their work.
We feel strongly about the importance for today’s reader to be able to connect with the author’s hand, and delve into the text of the manuscript.
You can find all of our manuscripts in our catalogue : Les Contes de Perrault (Perrault's Tales), Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Le Mystère de Jean L'oiseleur (The Mystery of Jean the Birdcatcher) by Jean Cocteau, Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame) by Victor Hugo, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, Vingt mille lieues sous les mers (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea) by Jules Verne, Alice au pays des merveilles (Alice's Adventures Under Ground) by Lewis Carroll, La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast) by Jean Cocteau, L’Écume des jours (Froth on the Daydream) by Boris Vian, Le Mépris (Contempt) by Jean Luc Godard, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil) by Charles Baudelaire, Candide by Voltaire, Voyage au bout de la nuit (Journey to the End of the Night) by Louis-Ferdinand Céline, À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time) by Marcel Proust, and Hygiène de l’assassin (Hygiene and the Assassin) by Amélie Nothomb.
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