Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) dominated the cultural and literary life of post-war France. He established himself as the very personification of intellectual commitment, taking public positions on national and international political issues from the Liberation in 1945 until his death. In this new biography, published to mark the centenary of Sartre’s birth, David Drake considers the works of France’s most famous twentieth-century intellectual and the political causes he espoused, all of which the author firmly locates in the turbulent times through which Sartre lived.
DAVID DRAKE is Emeritus Reader of Middlesex University and Maître de conferences associé at the Institut d’études européennes, Paris VIII University. He is president of the UK Society for Sartrean Studies and has written numerous articles and given conference papers on Sartre in Britain, France, North America and China. He has published two books on French intellectuals: French Intellectuals and Politics in Post-War France (Palgrame Macmillan, 2002) and Intellectual Politics in France from the Dreyfus Affair to the Occupation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).