Qu'est-ce-que la Litterature? Autograph manuscript. Jean-Paul Sartre.

Qu'est-ce-que la Litterature? Autograph manuscript

[Ca. 1947]. 24 leaves, (40 pages), quarto, blue and black ink on off-white paper. Heavily revised and re-written. Bound by Georges Cretté utilizing alternate strips of brown morocco and wood veneer, with suede doublures and gardes, and a matching slipcase. An original photograph of Sartre by Boris Lipnitzky (with studio stamp) is mounted at the front. Fine condition.This important essay was first published in "Les temps modernes", from February to July 1947. It is an expansion of Sartre's program of litterature engagé, begun in the first two issues of "Les temps modernes" in 1945. Our manuscript corresponds to the central portion of part 3 "Pour qui écrit on?", which appears on pp. 88-117 in the 1948 Gallimard edition. Sartre "portrayed literature as a pact of generosity in which the work of art prompted a mutual recognition of freedom between writer and reader that was set apart from the general experience of conflict between self and other," Steven Ungar, "Rebellion or Revolution? in "A New History of French Literature", ed. Hollier, Harvard University Press, 1989, p. 974. Provenance: Bound for Jacques Millot (binder's stamp on rear turn-in); his library sold at Druôt in 1991. Item #30118

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