Rereading Simone de Beauvoir’s The Coming of Age from a Distance of Some Forty Years


  • Thomas R. Cole UTHealth in Houston




Author Biography

Thomas R. Cole, UTHealth in Houston

directs the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at UTHealth in Houston. A graduate of Yale, Wesleyan, and the University of Rochester, he has written extensively on the history of aging, humanistic gerontology, and medical/health humanities. His authored and edited books include The Journey of Life; What Does It Mean to Grow Old?; Handbook of Humanities and Aging (2 editions); The Oxford Book of Aging; A Guide to Humanistic Studies in Aging; and Medical Humanities: An Introduction. His current project is A Country for Old Men. Readers may write to Tom Cole at


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How to Cite

Cole, T. R. . “Rereading Simone De Beauvoir’s The Coming of Age from a Distance of Some Forty Years”. Age, Culture, Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 3, Jan. 2018, pp. 207-16, doi:10.7146/ageculturehumanities.v3i.130162.