What Do I Read Next?
L’Etre et le néant (1943, Being and Nothingness) is Sartre’s masterpiece of philosophical writing. In this work he directly expresses his fundamental philosophical ideas, which became the foundation of French existentialist thought.
Huis-clos (1945, No Exit) is regarded as Sartre’s greatest dramatic play. No Exit concerns three characters who have died and who find themselves in an afterlife in which they are stuck together in a room. Through this fantastical premise, Sartre explores some of his fundamental philosophical ideas.
Les mots (1964, The Words) is Sartre’s Nobel Prize–winning autobiographical account of his childhood and early adulthood.
Mémoires d’une jeune fille rangée (1958, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter), by Simone de Beauvoir, is an autobiographical memoir, including discussion of de Beauvoir’s experiences as Sartre’s personal companion.
L’étranger (1942, The Stranger), an existential novel by Albert Camus, is on par with Sartre’s Nausea as a seminal work of existential fiction. The Stranger expresses Camus’s existential philosophy through the experiences of a young man whose mother has recently died and who finds himself committing a brutal crime.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1992), by Philip Thody, offers a general introduction to the life and works of Sartre.
Situating Sartre in Twentieth-Century Thought and Culture (1997), edited by Jean-Francois Fourny and Charles D. Minahen, offers a collection of essays discussing the works of Sartre in the social, cultural, political, and historical context of the twentieth century.
Introducing Sartre (1998), by Philip Thody and Howard Read, offers a fun and easy-todigest introduction to the life, work, and thought of Sartre.