Spring 1947 • Vol. IX No. 2 CommunicationApril 1, 1947 |

Sartre vs. Proust

January 1, 1947. Sirs: I have found Sartre's Existentialist organ, Les Temps Modernes, so hard to come by in this country that I think you yourselves, like most of your readers, may not have seen even the opening number, dated November 1945. The leading item is "Presentation," a manifesto by Sartre which deserves notice in your publication. It is well known that the Existentialists of Sartre's school have taken the party line, "la littérature engagée," as the way out of nausea. One of the literary consequences appears in this editorial: Sartre is emboldened to attack no less an author than Proust. And the general ground is that Proust's work is both intellectualist and analytic, and therefore bourgeois. Despite its syllogistic setting, such a conclusion would certainly have startled the bourgeois of the 'twenties. Any present reader will be no less startled when informed that "Proust does not even imagine that there could be a dialectic of feelings, but only a mechanis

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