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Jean-Paul Sartre

1905 - 1980

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Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre (, US also ; French: [saʁtʁ]; 21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980) was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary critic, considered a leading figure in 20th-century French philosophy and Marxism. Sartre was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism (and phenomenology). His work has influenced sociology, critical theory, post-colonial theory, and literary studies. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean-Paul Sartre has received more than 8,183,298 page views. His biography is available in 140 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 135 in 2019). Jean-Paul Sartre is the 24th most popular writer (down from 18th in 2019), the 17th most popular biography from France (down from 13th in 2019) and the 6th most popular French Writer.

Jean-Paul Sartre is most famous for being a philosopher and the founder of existentialism.

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Notable Works

Anti-Semite and Jew (Réflexions sur la question juive)
Antisemitism, Jewish question, Persecutions
Nausea (La nausée)
Existentialism, Existentialism in fiction, Fiction
A fascinating existentialist novel, written in the form of a journal, about a historian who moves to a small port in northern France to research a biography he is intending to write. Whilst there his senses become dulled and he becomes increasingly disgusted by his own existence, finding no solace with friends or a woman he begins an affair with.
Being and Nothingness (L'être et le néant)
Existentialism, Existential psychology, Ontology
Dirty Hands (Les mains sales)
Paul, 1905-1980. Les mains sales, Jean Sartre
No Exit (and Three Other Plays)
French literature, Textbooks, French drama
4 plays about an existential portrayal of Hell, the reworking of the Electra-Orestes story, the conflict of a young intellectual torn between theory and conflict and an arresting attack on American racism.
The Reprieve (Le sursis)
Fiction, Campaigns, World War, 1939-1945
Les mots
Philosophers, French Authors, Biography
The book, consisting of Sartre distancing himself from writing and making his farewells to literature was very successful for the author and was hailed nearly unanimously as a "literary success"[citation needed]. In November of the same year, 1964, he refused the Nobel Prize for Literature awarded for his work, described as "rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth, [it] has exerted a far-reaching influence on our age."[3]
Les mains sales
Paul, 1905-1980. Les mains sales, Criticism and interpretation, Mains sales (Sartre, Jean-Paul)
La nausée
Existentialism, Fiction, Litterature francaise
A fascinating existentialist novel, written in the form of a journal, about a historian who moves to a small port in northern France to research a biography he is intending to write. Whilst there his senses become dulled and he becomes increasingly disgusted by his own existence, finding no solace with friends or a woman he begins an affair with.
Etre et le néant
Existential psychology, Existentialism, Ontology
missing pages xiv and xv
Réflexions sur la question juive
Antisemitism, Jewish question, Persecutions
Qu'est-ce que la littérature?
Literature, Philosophy, Authorship
Publié en 1948, ce premier volume d'une série existentialistement nommée "Situations", traite de l'écrivain (Qu'est-ce qu'écrire?) de sa mission (Pourquoi écrire?) et de ses lecteurs (Pour qui écrit-on?). SDM
Les mains sales
Paul, 1905-1980. Les mains sales, Criticism and interpretation, Mains sales (Sartre, Jean-Paul)
Qu'est-ce que la littérature?
Literature, Philosophy, Authorship
Publié en 1948, ce premier volume d'une série existentialistement nommée "Situations", traite de l'écrivain (Qu'est-ce qu'écrire?) de sa mission (Pourquoi écrire?) et de ses lecteurs (Pour qui écrit-on?). SDM
Les mots
Philosophers, French Authors, Biography
The book, consisting of Sartre distancing himself from writing and making his farewells to literature was very successful for the author and was hailed nearly unanimously as a "literary success"[citation needed]. In November of the same year, 1964, he refused the Nobel Prize for Literature awarded for his work, described as "rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth, [it] has exerted a far-reaching influence on our age."[3]
Réflexions sur la question juive
Antisemitism, Jewish question, Persecutions
Etre et le néant
Existential psychology, Existentialism, Ontology
missing pages xiv and xv
La nausée
Existentialism, Fiction, Litterature francaise
A fascinating existentialist novel, written in the form of a journal, about a historian who moves to a small port in northern France to research a biography he is intending to write. Whilst there his senses become dulled and he becomes increasingly disgusted by his own existence, finding no solace with friends or a woman he begins an affair with.

Among WRITERS

Among writers, Jean-Paul Sartre ranks 24 out of 7,302Before him are Albert Camus, Molière, Anton Chekhov, Petrarch, Honoré de Balzac, and Aesop. After him are Ovid, Rumi, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Giovanni Boccaccio, Denis Diderot, and Agatha Christie.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1905, Jean-Paul Sartre ranks 1After him are Ayn Rand, Howard Hughes, Simo Häyhä, Albert Speer, Elias Canetti, Viktor Frankl, Greta Garbo, Henry Fonda, Dag Hammarskjöld, Christian Dior, and Carl David Anderson. Among people deceased in 1980, Jean-Paul Sartre ranks 2Before him is Josip Broz Tito. After him are Karl Dönitz, Alfred Hitchcock, John Lennon, Jean Piaget, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Erich Fromm, Roland Barthes, Bon Scott, Oskar Kokoschka, and Steve McQueen.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jean-Paul Sartre ranks 17 out of 6,770Before him are Jules Verne (1828), Montesquieu (1689), Louis XV of France (1710), Molière (1622), Charles de Gaulle (1890), and Honoré de Balzac (1799). After him are Alain Delon (1935), Henri Matisse (1869), John Calvin (1509), Paul Cézanne (1839), Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900), and Brigitte Bardot (1934).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Jean-Paul Sartre ranks 6Before him are Voltaire (1694), Victor Hugo (1802), Jules Verne (1828), Molière (1622), and Honoré de Balzac (1799). After him are Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900), Denis Diderot (1713), Alexandre Dumas (1802), Charles Baudelaire (1821), Émile Zola (1840), and Stendhal (1783).