Jean-Paul Sartre (21 June, 1905 – 15 April, 1980) was a French novelist, biographer, critic, playwright and philosopher.
Fun Facts about Jean-Paul Sartre:
- Born as Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre in Paris, he was the only child of a French Navy Officer and his wife.
- Sadly, his father passed away when he was two years old, his mother raised him by herself with the help of her father.
- Ann-Marie Sartre, his mother, was cousin to the famous Nobel Prize laureate Albert Schweitzer.
- He was a practical joker during his time at Ecole Normale Supérieure, a school he was attending. Once he convinced the media that following his transatlantic flight, famed aviator Charles Lindbergh would stop at the school. Him and his classmates hired a lookalike, how walked in with the media behind him.
Due to this and other pranks, the schoolmaster was forced to resign.
- During World War II, Mr. Sartre was drafted into the French army as a meteorologist. In 1940 he was captured by the Germans and spent nine months as a POW.
- During his captivity, he wrote Barionà, fils du tonnerre, his first theatrical piece.
- Upon returning to Paris in 1941, Mr. Sartre helped found the underground group Socialisme et Liberté.
- In 1964 Mr. Sartre won the Nobel Prize in Literature by turned it down.
- He was in an open relationship with Simone de Beauvoir, a prominent feminist and fellow existentialist philosopher.
- Fifty thousand people showed up to his funeral in 1980.
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