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Item 722 - Jean-Paul Sartre Catalog 583 (May 2020)

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ALS in French, signed “J. P. Sartre,” two pages, 5.25 x 7, 23, Avenue de Lamballe letterhead, no date [1938]. In full (translated): "I am back from Greece and just today am aware of your two kind letters. I am very happy that a revue has accepted your translation of Le Mur. Here is the biographical information you asked for. I was born in Paris in 1905. I belong to no political party. I am professor of philosophy in a Paris university. I am having a book published (around the month of January or February) by the Publishers of the N. R. F., The Adventures of Antoine Roquentin. Is that enough?" In fine condition. The Adventures of Antoine Roquentin, as Sartre calls it in this early letter, was a working title for his debut novel Nausea. Initially refused by the Nouvelle Revue Française (N. R. F.), despite a strong recommendation from their reviewer, Jean Paulhan, the imprint's publisher, Gaston Gallimard, in 1937, accepted it and suggested the title La Nausée.

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