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Translation of Jean-Paul Sartre Essay, 1947


ISSUE:  Winter 2016

For our Spring 1947 issue, VQR Editor Charlotte Kohler acquired an essay on Jean-Paul Sartre by Yale University French professor Kenneth N. Douglas as well as a translation of Sartre’s 1946 essay “Ecrire pour son époque,” which was translated into English for our magazine (without byline credit) by Sylvia Glass. Sartre’s essay “We Write for Our Own Time” reflects his existential philosophy and views on art. In 2000, the University of Virginia Press published an anthology of the finest essays from the first seventy-five years of VQR: Not only is the Sartre essay included, it provides the title for the book. The translation is in the VQR archives in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia.

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