Readers of Sartre’s biographies often have the impression that they
reveal more about Sartre than about Baudelaire, Flaubert or Genet.
The reason for this is our awareness of Sartre’s philosophy which
serves as an explicit paradigm for the construction and explicitation
of his literary and his biographical works. We speak of a Sartrean
play, a Sartrean biography, because they lay bare not only characteristic
features of the genre but also of the author and this also is true of
a Hegelian or Marxist history or a Freudian psychology. These writers
have all invented their own paradigms and if one decides to use
their paradigm one is considered a Hegelian, Marxist or Sartrean follower.