John Gerassi, an "unrepentant rebel," as Michel Contat calls him, has died at age 81. He was author of numerous books, including the first volume of an unfinished multi-volume biography entitled Jean-Paul Sartre: Hated Conscience of His Century and an edited volume of interviews, Talking with Sartre.
His death is met, so far, with relative silence in the English-speaking press, while in France, Michel Contat has published an obituary in Le Monde.
I reviewed Gerassi's Talking with Sartre in March of 2010. Here's the first paragraph:
It's not often that somebody will recommend a philosophy book because it is "a lot of fun," but that's exactly how Bill Martin piqued my interest in John Gerassi's Talking with Sartre. And I must say that I agree with his verdict.