By Jean-Paul Sartre; Bernard Frechtman (Translator)
(Vintage, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780394747095, 256pp.)

Publication Date: April 1981

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Jean-Paul Sartre's famous autobiography of his first ten years has been widely compared to Rousseau's Confessions. Written when he was fifty-nine years old, The Words is a masterpiece of self-analysis. Sartre the philosopher, novelist and playwright brings to his own childhood the same rigor of honesty and insight he applied so brilliantly to other authors. Born into a gentle, book-loving family and raised by a widowed mother and doting grandparents, he had a childhood which might be described as one long love affair with the printed word. Ultimately, this book explores and evaluates the whole use of books and language in human experience.

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Jean Paul Sartre became the emblematic French thinker of his generation. His hugely influential writings include "Being and Nothingness, Critique of Dialectical Reason, Nausea, The Words, ""No Exit", and "The Flies".

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