Jean-Paul Sartre: Huis clos [In Camera] (3032 words)


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“Hell is other people.” Anyone who has ever heard of Sartre can tell you that he “said” that. This is a sorry epitaph for a philosopher, novelist and playwright who never “said” anything of the sort: one of his characters in one of his many plays “says” this, and with good reason. For his part, Sartre neither said it nor thought it. He was a clubbable and gregarious man as a writer, never more at ease than in a group of colleagues and disciples (la famille), and his entire, voluminous output in a wide range of genres is focused on exalting human freedom, exploring its ethical implications and moral consequences, and striving towards a pragmatic description of a societal organisation that would be both …

Citation: O'Donohoe, Benedict Paul. "Huis clos". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 September 2011 [, accessed 16 August 2022.]

11111 Huis clos 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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