The Words

The Words

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Sartre's famous autobiography of his first ten years. Written when he was 59 years old, this is a masterpiece of self-analysis. This book explores and evaluates the whole use of books and language in human experience.show more

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  • Paperback | 255 pages
  • 109.22 x 182.88 x 20.32mm | 181.44g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Vintage Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Vintage Books.
  • 0394747097
  • 9780394747095
  • 394,234

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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.show more

About Jean-Paul Sartre

Philosopher, novelist, playwright and polemicist, Jean-Paul Sartre is thought to have been the central figure in post-war European culture and political thinking. He is the author of The Age of Reason, The Words, and the play No Exit among other works.show more

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