Jean-Paul Sartre: L'Imagination (2399 words)

David Lethbridge (Okanagan College)
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The Imagination was the first book published, in 1936, by the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. What if, shortly after its publication, Sartre had stepped off a Parisian curb and been struck dead by a bus? Would we still read The Imagination? Would it still retain any significance? Or do we read it now only because it is a book by Sartre, the indisputably brilliant writer who gave us such masterpieces as Being and Nothingness (1956), The Critique of Dialectical Reason (1976), and The Family Idiot (1981-1993)? An idiotic question, you might retort. Or is it? The question is not entirely irrelevant. There are texts which are simply one of a series, each of which merely follows the next without any …

Citation: Lethbridge, David . "L'Imagination". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 December 2015 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=11100, accessed 18 September 2021.]

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