Existentialism and Excess: The Life and Times of Jean-Paul Sartre

Existentialism and Excess: The Life and Times of Jean-Paul Sartre

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Overview

Jean-Paul Sartre is one of the undisputed giants of 20th-century philosophy. His intellectual writings popularizing existentialism, combined with his creative and artistic flair, have made him a legend of French thought. His tumultuous personal life - so inextricably bound up with his philosophical thinking - is a fascinating tale of love and lust, drug abuse, high-profile fallings-out and political and cultural rebellion.

This substantial and meticulously researched biography is accessible, fast paced, entertaining, often amusing and at times deeply moving. Existentialism and Excess covers all the main events of Sartre's remarkable 75-year life, from his early years as a precocious brat devouring his grandfather's library through his time as a brilliant student in Paris, his wilderness years as a provincial teacher-writer experimenting with mescaline, his World War II adventures as a POW and member of the resistance, his postwar politicization, his immense amphetamine-fuelled feats of writing productivity, his harem of women, his many travels and his final decline into blindness and old age.

Along the way there are countless intriguing anecdotes, some amusing, some tragic, some controversial: his loathing of crustaceans and belief that he was being pursued by a giant lobster; his escape from a POW camp; his many affairs; his meetings with Roosevelt, Hemingway, John Huston, Mao, Castro, Che Guevara, Khrushchev, and Tito; his feuds with Aron, Camus, and Merleau-Ponty; the bombing of his apartment; his influence on the May 1968 uprising; his long and complex relationship with Simone de Beauvoir.

Existentialism and Excess also gives serious consideration to his ideas and many philosophical works, novels, stories, plays and biographies, revealing their intimate connections with his personal life. An entertaining, thought-provoking and compulsive book, much like the man himself.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781543623857
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Gary Cox has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Birmingham, UK, where he is also an Honorary Research Fellow. He is author of The Sartre Dictionary, Sartre and Fiction, Sartre: A Guide for the Perplexed, How to Be an Existentialist, The Existentialist's Guide, How to Be a Philosopher, The God Confusion and Deep Thought – all published by Bloomsbury.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 Genius
2 Stowaway Traveller
3 Exile
4 Very Heaven
5 Castor
6 Le Havre
7 Apricot Cocktails
8 Ostraconophobia
9 La Petite Russe
10 The Mighty Gallimard
11 Sex Before War
12 War of Words
13 Occupation
14 Political Animal
15 Differences
16 Crushing Camus and Genet
17 Blood Pressure Rising
18 The Ghost of Stalin
19 Corydrane Creations
20 The Philosopher and the Film Director
21 Explosive Situation
22 Nobel Words
23 Help of the Helpless
24 Revolution in the Air
25 Ultra-Lefty
26 The Long Road Down
27 Immortality
28 A Kind of Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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