Saint Genet
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Saint Genet
Saint Genet, Actor and Martyr
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Cover of the French edition
AuthorJean-Paul Sartre
Original titleSaint Genet, comédien et martyr
TranslatorBernard Frechtman
SubjectJean Genet
PublisherLibrairie Gallimard
Publication date
Published in English
Media typePrint
Pages625 (English edition)
LC Class63-15828

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 complètes 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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