BEAUVOIR, SIMONE DE.  Feminist philosopher who spent two months in New York after World War II. She was taken in tow by Richard Wright, among others, in whose company she explored Harlem and Greenwich Village. Her descriptions sometimes resemble those of an interplanetary visitor trying to explain such simple phenomena as ear muffs. Published as America Day by Day. Berkeley and Los Angeles, University of California Press. University of California Press, Ltd. London. Translated 1999 by the Regents of the University of California. Translated from Simone de Beauvoir L’Amerique en jour le jour. Paris, Editions Gallimard, 1954.