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Jean-Paul Sartre

(1905—1980) French philosopher, novelist, dramatist, and critic

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L' Être et le néant

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Sartre's best‐known philosophical work, published 1943. Subtitled ‘Essai d'ontologie phénoménologique’, it embodies the main preoccupations of his ‘classical’, Existentialist period....

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La Nausée

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Sartre's first novel, published 1939. It is sometimes criticized for being too philosophical, but it is rather an attempt to evoke in fictional form human experience as it is seen ...

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Les Mains sales

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Play by Sartre, first performed 1948. It confronts a political pragmatist (Hoederer) with a moral idealist (Hugo) in a situation which ends in the death of both protagonists. The play ...

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Les Mots

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(1964).

Autobiographical text by Sartre, a disenchanted and beautifully written account of his childhood and his choice of writing as a career.

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Les Mouches

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Play by Sartre, an Existentialist reworking of the Electra story produced in occupied Paris in 1943.

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