Simone Schwarz-Bart was born in 1938 in Charente, on the southwest coast of France. She later studied in Paris, where she met her future husband, the French writer Andre Schwarz-Bart. They collaborated on two novels, A Dish of Pork with Green Bananas and A Woman Named Solitude, as well as a six-volume encyclopedic work, In Praise of Black Women. The Bridge of Beyond, a best seller was awarded Elle magazine's literary prize. Schwarz-Bart is also the author of the novel Between Two Worlds, and a play, Your Handsome Captain.