Gravity and Grace

Gravity and Grace


Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1952.

First English Edition (published in French in 1947). 160 pp. Hardback in unclipped dust jacket, upper edge slightly frayed toward spine, otherwise a good copy.

Simone Weil’s (1909-1943) influence has always been understated: within her own highly intellectual family; in relationship to the other major Simone of the time, her classmate Simone de Beauvoir; in the context of French philosophy, within which she dared to emphasize mystical, spiritual experiences, especially that of suffering; and most recently, as beloved by writers from the New Narrative movement. Among them, Chris Kraus has written beautifully (and obsessively, in a good way) about her thought in Aliens & Anorexia, and I Love Dick. In G Train, Patti Smith brings flowers to her grave at Bybrook Cemetery. Perhaps what makes Simone Weil most worthy of being read and remembered in this time, is that her philosophy was above all one of action rather than passivity—formed by her involvement in workers’ rights movements in France, sharing the appalling living conditions of her comrades, Weil gave up on any hope of a comfortable existence and opted to test the strength of her ideas on the forefront of activism.

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