Short missive from one French philosopher to another shows life before 1952 bust-up over necessity of ‘revolutionary violence’The philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus are better known for their enmity than friendship.But long before the pair had a very public falling-out over the necessity of “revolutionary violence” – Sartre for, Camus against – they were on talking and socialising terms a newly discovered letter has revealed.”My dear Sartre,” Camus opens in the short hand-written missive. “I hope you and Castor have lots of work … let me know when you return and we will have a relaxed evening.”Castor was Sartre’s pet name for his partner and fellow philosopher and writer Simone de Beauvoir.The letter was found by two librarians in Orléans in an original edition of a book, only 60 copies of which were published in 1966, of Sartre’s writings.It is not dated but is believed to have been written between 1943, when the men met, and 1948 when they were good friends. They fell out in 1952.”The letter is very important because it shows that despite what some writers have said, Sartre and Camus, had a close friendship,” Ronald Aronson, a Sartre specialist told the French newspaper Libération.The letter, …read more

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