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The Words: The Autobiography of Jean-Paul Sartre

The Words: The Autobiography of Jean-Paul Sartre
Author: Jean-Paul Sartre
ISBN 13: 9780394747095
ISBN 10: 394747097
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: 1981-04-12
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $13.95

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.