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Philosopher, novelist, playwright, biographer, journalist, and
activist, Jean-Paul Sartre was also—and perhaps above all—a
great essayist. The essay was uniquely suited to Sartre because
of its intrinsically provisional and open-ended character. It is
the perfect form in which to dramatize the existential character
of our deepest intellectual, artistic, and political commi
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Paperback, 600 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by New York Review Books (first published May 22nd 2012)
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I was worried that reading Sartre for the first time in 2013 would feel stale and musty; not so. The obvious passion he feels for issues he chooses to take up keeps his essays fresh, aided by his ability to write with more of a novelist's pen than a philosopher's.

I most enjoyed his piece on THE STRANGER, in which in just three pages he was able to provide me with a better understanding of absurdism than was a full year of high school and another in college.
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Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre, normally known simply as Jean-Paul Sartre, was a French existentialist philosopher and pioneer, dramatist and screenwriter, novelist and critic. He was a leading figure in 20th century French philosophy.

He declined the award of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his work which, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth, has ex
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“Existentialism is no mournful delectation but a humanist philosophy of action, effort, combat, and solidarity. Man must create his own essence: it is in throwing himself into the world, suffering there, struggling there, that he gradually defines say what this man is before he dies, or what mankind is before it has disappeared.” 3 likes
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