|About the Book|
This study in humanistic existentialism is highly informative as well as entertaining. It is a scholarly, detailed analysis of the literary art, the philosophical ideas, and the psychologies of Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir. It is also a competent effort to explain the positive implications for the theory of freedom and possibility which lie half buried under this literature of nothingness, alienation, and absurdity.... Miss Barnes makes thoroughly enjoyable reading of a subject-matter which might have seemed forbidding.--Herbert W. Schneider, Journal of Philosophy.Recommended unqualifiedly as the most thorough and reliable exposition of the works of Sartre, Camus, and de Beauvoir to have appeared in this country.--Willard Colston, Chicago Sun-Times.Those who want a real understanding of existentialism instead of the usual superficial generalizations are certain to gain it from this book.--Walter Kaufmann, The American Scholar.The book captures much of the forlorn dark grandeur of the existentialist vision of the human condition.--Yale Review.The philosophy of Sartre is presented accurately and with rare elegance and simplicity.... The section on psychoanalysis compares Sartre to Freud, then to Horney and Fromm, then to the phenomenologists. The treatment is fair-minded and careful.--Robert Champigny, LEsprit Crateur.