Claude Lévi-Strauss

1908 (Brussels) – 2009 (Paris)

He was impressed by Jakobson’s clarity even after imbibing “important quantities” of alcohol. Their friendship helped define stucturalism, while that with Boas (who died beside him at a banquet) was also influential. He discussed exogamous relations with Mauss, took Nizan’s suggestion to teach philosophy in São Paulo, and was a long-term friend of Merleau-Ponty. He sailed to Martinique with his friend Masson, Lam, Brauner, and Breton. He shared a bohemian lifestyle in Greenwich Village with Breton, Ernst and Tanguy; Perrin was a fellow academic in exile. De Beauvoir praised his accounts of female rôles in non-western societies.