Saint Genet: Actor and Martyr

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Saint Genet: Actor and Martyr

Format:  Paperback,

625 pages

Publisher: Univ of Minnesota Pr

Publish Date: Feb 2012

ISBN-13: 9780816677603

ISBN-10: 0816677603

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"Saint Genet" is Jean-Paul Sartre's classic biography of Jean Genet--thief, convict, and great artist--a character of almost legendary proportions whose influence grows stronger with time. Bringing together two of the century's greatest minds and artists, "Saint Genet" is at once a compelling psychological portrait, masterpiece of literary criticism, and one of Sartre's most personal and inspired philosophical creations.


Publisher: Univ of Minnesota Pr
Publish Date: Feb 2012
ISBN-13: 9780816677603
ISBN-10: 0816677603
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 625
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.0 x 1.5

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Biography of Sartre, Jean-Paul

Sartre is the dominant figure in post-war French intellectual life. A graduate of the prestigious Ecole Normale Superieure with an agregation in philosophy, Sartre has been a major figure on the literary and philosophical scenes since the late 1930's. Widely known as an atheistic proponent of existentialism, he emphasized the priority of existence over preconceived essences and the importance of human freedom. In his first and best novel, Nausea (1938), Sartre contrasted the fluidity of human consciousness with the apparent solidity of external reality and satirized the hypocrisies and pretensions of bourgeois idealism.

Sartre's theater is also highly ideological, emphasizing the importance of personal freedom and the commitment of the individual to social and political goals. His first play, The Flies (1943), was produced during the German occupation, despite its underlying message of defiance. One of his most popular plays is the one-act No Exit (1944), in which the traditional theological concept of he'll is redefined in existentialist terms. In Red Gloves (Les Mains Sales) (1948), Sartre examines the pragmatic implications of the individual involved in political action through the mechanism of the Communist party and a changing historical situation.

His highly readable autobiography, The Words (1964), tells of his childhood in an idealistic bourgeois Protestant family and of his subsequent rejection of his upbringing. Sartre has also made significant contributions to literary criticism in his 10-volume Situations (1947--72) and in works on Baudelaire, Genet, and Flaubert.

Chapter outline

Translator's Note
The Metamorphosis
The Melodious Child Dead in Me Long Before the Ax Chops Off My Head
A Dizzying Word
First Conversion: Evil
I Will Be the Thief
I Decided to Be What Crime Made of Me
The Eternal Couple of the Criminal and the Saint
I is Another
A Daily Labor, Long and Disappointing
To Succeed in Being All, Strive to Be Nothing in Anything
Second Metamorphosis: The Aesthete
Strange Hell of Beauty
I Went to Theft as to a Liberation, as to the Light
Third Metamorphosis: The Writer
A Mechanism Having the Exact Rigor of Verse
And I, Gentler than a Wicked Angel, Lead Her by the Hand
On the Fine Arts Considered as Murder
My Victory Is Verbal and I Owe It to the Sumptuousness of the Terms
Please Use Genet Properly
Self-Portrait of the Good Citizen
The Tzedek Test
The Maids

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Saint Genet is Jean-Paul Sartre’s classic biography of Jean Genet—thief, convict, and great artist—a character of almost legendary proportions whose influence grows stronger with time. Bringing together two of the century’s greatest minds and artists, Saint Genet is at once a compelling psychological portrait, masterpiece of literary criticism, and one of Sartre’s most personal and inspired philosophical creations.

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