18.7.12

Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus in New York

Andy Martin on existentialists in America
Jean-Paul Sartre (left) and Albert Camus (right)
From The Opinionator in The New York Times: 'In December 1944, Albert Camus, then editor of Combat, the main newspaper of the French Resistance, made Jean-Paul Sartre an offer he couldn’t refuse: the job of American correspondent. Perhaps, in light of the perpetual tension and subsequent acrimonious split between the two men, he was glad to get him out of Paris. What is certain is that Sartre was delighted to go. He’d had enough of the austerities and hypocrisies of post-liberation France and had long fantasized about the United States. Camus himself would make the trip soon after, only to return with a characteristically different set of political, philosophical and personal impressions.' [Read More]

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