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The Last Chance

Roads of Freedom IV

November 30, 2009 | Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781847065513
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Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-80) French existentialist philosopher, novelist, and playwright who, with Jean Anouilh, dominated the postwar French theatre. In 1964 he refused the Nobel Prize for literature. In 1929 Sartre graduated from the École Normale Supérieure, where he formed a lifelong partnership with his fellow student Simone de Beauvoir, the writer and feminist. His melodramatic plays explore moral conflicts with a deep Gallic pessimism, while also expounding the philosophical existentialism he popularized in the 1940s. The first,Les Mouches, an interpretation of the Orestes story, opened in 1943 in Paris. AsThe Fliesit was produced in New York in 1947 and in London in 1951. The one-actHuis-Closopened in Paris in 1944 and was subsequently produced in London asVicious Circleand in New York asNo Exit.Morts sans sépultures(1946), about a group of captured Resistance fighters, was seen in London asMen Without Shadows(1947) and in New York asThe Victors(1948).Le Diable et le bon dieu(1951), based on the Faust of Goethe, is often regarded as Sartre's best dramatic work. His other plays includeNekrassov(1955), about a confidence trickster who assumes the identity of the Soviet ambassador, and the wartime dramaLes Séquestrés d'Altona(1959), produced in 1961 in London asLoser Winsand in 1965 in New York asThe Condemned of Altona. Sartre's adaptation of the elder Dumas'sKeanwas seen in 1953 in Paris, reworked as a US musical in 1961, and produced at the Oxford Playhouse in 1970 (later transferring to London). Jean-Paul Sartre (1904-1980) was a French existentialist philosopher, dramatist, novelist and critic. He is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential European thinkers of the twentieth century.

Craig Vasey is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Mary Washington, USA.

ISBN: 9781847065513
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 232
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: 2009-11-30

Reviews

'The Last Chance is of huge importance to Sartre scholars for the moral, political and philosophical ideas it contains and for what it reveals about Sartre's post-war intellectual dilemmas ... Readers of the first three volumes will be thoroughly entertained by this incomplete but nonetheless revealing and powerful fourth installment.' - The Philosophers' Magazine

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