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Thursday 22nd of October 1964

60 years ago

59-year-old writer, philosopher, political activist and critic Jean-Paul Sartre becomes the first person to decline the Nobel Prize in Paris, Île-de-France, France.

"A writer who adopts political, social, or literary positions must act only with the means that are his own — that is, the written word. All the honors he may receive expose his readers to a pressure I do not consider desirable. If I sign myself Jean-Paul Sartre it is not the same thing as if I sign myself Jean-Paul Sartre, Nobel Prizewinner."