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Saint Genet

Saint Genet, Actor and Martyr
The French edition
Author Jean-Paul Sartre
Original title Saint Genet, comédien et martyr
Translator Bernard Frechtman
Country France
Language French
Subject Jean Genet
Genre Philosophy
Publisher Librairie Gallimard
Publication date
Published in English
Media type Print
Pages 625 (English edition)
LC Class 63-15828

Saint Genet, Actor and Martyr (French: Saint Genet, comédien et martyr) is a book by the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre about the writer Jean Genet especially on his The Thief's Journal. It was first published in 1952. Sartre described it as an attempt "to prove that genius is not a gift but the way out that one invents in desperate cases."[1] Sartre also based his character Goetz in his play The Devil and the Good Lord (1951) on his analysis of Genet's psychology and morality.[2] Sartre has been credited by David M. Halperin with providing, "a brilliant, subtle, and thoroughgoing study of the unique subjectivity and gender positioning of gay men".[3]


  1. ^ Sartre (1952, 645).
  2. ^ White (1993, 455).
  3. ^ Halperin (2012, 511).


  • Halperin, David. 2012. How to be Gay. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-674-06679-3.
  • Sartre, Jean-Paul. 1952. Saint Genet, comédien et martyr. In Oeuvres Complétes de Jean Genet I. By Jean Genet. Paris: Éditions Gallimard.
  • White, Edmund. 1993. Genet. Corrected edition. London: Picador, 1994. ISBN 0-330-30622-7.
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