People, Apr. 4, 1960

The high priest and priestess of French existentialism, Authors Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone (Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter) de Beauvoir, once great and good friends but now only good fellow travelers, stopped over briefly in New York City after a visit to Cuba. Simone seemed entranced: "We found a real democracy in Cuba. It is something really wonderful. Castro is a genius. He is my idol!" Had she seen any Reds lurking about? "I found no Communist influence in Cuba." Sartre tempered his enthusiasm: "I am totally in agreement with what is going...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!