“Hell Is Other People”

Jean-Paul Sartre born this date in 1905. Sartre was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism. He is also remembered for his relationship with Simone de Beauvoir, a prominent feminist theorist. Although he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1964, Sartre refused the prize, saying that “a writer should not allow himself to be turned into an institution.” Sartre’s best known work, Huis-clos, or No Exit, contains the famous line, “L’enfer, c’est les autres,” or “Hell is other people.”

Jean-Paul Sartre

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