Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre counted among his friends and associates some of the most esteemed intellectuals, writers, and
artists of the twentieth century. In Portraits (Situations IV), Sartre collected his impressions and accounts of many of his
notable acquaintances, in addition to some of his most important writings on art and literature during the early 1950s. Portraits
includes Sartre's preface to Nathalie Sarraute's Portrait of a Man Unknown and his homages to Andre Gide, Albert Camus, and
Maurice Merleau-Ponty. The essay on Merleau-Ponty casts considerable light on the recent history of French philosophy, particularly
with regard to dominant post-war political conceptions. Featured as well are lengthy studies of Sartre's close friend Paul
Nizan and of the young Andr Gorz that are no less revealing, as well as Sartre's Reply to Albert Camus, which sealed the
ideological and personal break between the two writers on its publication in 1952. Alongside these major writings are fascinating
articles on Tintoretto and a number of contemporary artists, including Giacometti and Masson. Finally, Portraits concludes
with two travelogue-style accounts of Sartre's time in Italy.
This new translation by Chris Turner presents these essays
in their complete form as originally intended by Sartre when he first published Situations IV in France and is thus essential
reading for anyone interested in the artistic and intellectual history of the time.