Posted on September 20, 2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

On this day in 1939, French writer Jean-Paul Sartre was conscripted into his country's army, according to Literary Hub.

Probably luckily for him, though, he wasn't sent to the front.

Instead, his vision issues landed him a spot as a meteorologist, which didn't turn out to be the busiest job.

In a letter he wrote to Simone de Beauvoir, he noted that he was "left with a huge amount of spare time on my hands, which I am using to complete my novel.”

He would soon come to have more spare time on his hands — as a prisoner of war.

Read more about Sartre's wartime literary endeavors (yes, there are more) at Lit Hub.

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