Jean-paul Sartre was born in Paris in 1905 and died in 1980. ini 1938 he published his first novel, Nausia, and in 1943 completed his major work in existential philosophy, Being and Nothingness. A prolific novelist and playwright, biographer of Genet and Baudilaire, and founde of the journal Les Temps Modernes, Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1964, but turned it down. Sartre's increasingly political work after May 1968 was balanced by a monumental study of Flaubert. Also published by Verso are Sartre's Between Existentialism and Marxism, War Diaries, The Freud Scenario and Volume One of the Critique of Dialectical Reason.
"The work is a landmark in modern social thought... a turning point in the thinking of our time.' Raymond Williams, Guardian "The Critique is essential to any serious understanding of Sartre." -- George Steiner, Sunday Times 'Of all the published posthumous works, Volume Two of the Critique of Dialectic Reason most strongly shows why Sartre is alive to us today... Unique among this century's great writers, Sartre - especially in his Critique II - points towards understandings and actions which may possibly return the world to its creators and so let there be a future.' Ronald Aronson