8 August 2016

Simone Weil in Ashford, Kent


SIMONE
WEIL
3 février 1909
24 août 1943

'IN 1942 SIMONE WEIL
JOINED THE PROVISIONAL FRENCH
GOVERNMENT IN LONDON
BUT DEVELOPED TUBERCULOSIS
AND DIED IN GROSVENOR
SANATORIUM, ASHFORD.

HER WRITINGS HAVE ESTABLISHED
HER AS ONE OF THE FOREMOST
MODERN PHILOSOPHERS.'

Simone Weils's grave is in Bybrook Cemetery near Ashford. She died of a heart attack and the 'official' report was that she effectively killed herself by starvation, although her biographers refute this claim, citing her wish to eat no more than the allowance of her fellow kinsfolk in occupied France.

Close to the cemetery, Simone Weil Avenue was name after her in 1983.

'SIMONE WEIL
This road is named in honour of Simone Weil,
the French authoress and philosopher who died
in Grosvenor Sanatorium, Ashford in 1943 at
the age of 34 years.

Bybrook Cemetery, where Simone Weil is buried,
is situated in the north side of the M20 motorway
and can be seen from here.'

Even in 1983 they still demeaned female authors by calling them 'authoresses'? Shocking. And could Bybrook Cemetery ever be seen from the corner of Simone Weil Avenue and Canterbury Road? It would surprise me.

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