An account from Carole Seymour-Jones’s new biography of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, A Dangerous Liaison (Overlook, due September 10), about Algren and de Beauvoir’s first meeting in Chicago:

“[Mary] Guggenheim sent Algren a note warning him that the French novelist was on her way. The acclaimed author of Never Come Morning was not impressed by Mary’s account of the existentialist craze sweeping France, or her stories of la grande Sartreuse. ‘That Simone de Boudoir sounds real chi-chi and I’m sure J-P Sartre, whoever he may be, is real lucky,’ he replied sarcastically.