The words

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Amereon, Limited, 1964 - Biography & Autobiography - 255 pages
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The prose is perfect, beautiful and brilliant. - Goodreads
... gives insights into our own childhoods. - Goodreads
... the key here: sartre is an awesome writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Kyle - Goodreads

An interesting piece for those familiar with Sartre's works. Words is gentle, humorous, self-deprecating, and slightly boring. Read full review

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User Review  - Andrew Olsen - Goodreads

Like Nausea, The Words gives life to it's title from the playful beginning, to the end, Jean-Paul Sartre wrote himself as a story book character in his own life. Because the beginning of his life was ... Read full review

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About the author (1964)

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 1930s. 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 hell 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.