Existentialist Period: Roughly late 1930s to late 1950s
"What do I know about man's destiny? I could better tell you about radishes." --Samuel Beckett
Existentialism, being a thoroughly continental philosophy, has manifestations both in academia and in literature. Perhaps existentialism qua philosophy is better known, as any philosophizing in life or sitcom is often labeled "existential." But modern existentialism came into vogue not through academics but writers and playwrights, influenced by early forms of the existential worldview. Explore the literature and the influence in this existentialist literature category.