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Albert Camus (1913–1960)

Author of The Stranger

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About the Author

Born in 1913 in Algeria, Albert Camus was a French novelist, dramatist, and essayist. He was deeply affected by the plight of the French during the Nazi occupation of World War II, who were subject to the military's arbitrary whims. He explored the existential human condition in such works as show more L'Etranger (The Outsider, 1942) and Le Mythe de Sisyphe (The Myth of Sisyphus, 1942), which propagated the philosophical notion of the "absurd" that was being given dramatic expression by other Theatre of the Absurd dramatists of the 1950s and 1960s. Camus also wrote a number of plays, including Caligula (1944). Much of his work was translated into English. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. Camus died in an automobile accident in 1960. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Albert Camus

The Stranger (1942) 35,582 copies
The Plague (1947) 18,539 copies
The Fall (1956) — Author — 7,912 copies
Exile and the Kingdom (1957) 2,816 copies
The First Man (1994) — Author — 2,408 copies
The Myth of Sisyphus [essay] (1942) 2,304 copies
A Happy Death (1972) 1,801 copies
The Just (1950) 628 copies
Lyrical and Critical Essays (1967) 568 copies
Caligula / Cross Purpose (1944) 543 copies
Caligula (1944) 400 copies
Notebooks 1935-1942 (1962) — Author — 354 copies
The Possessed (1959) 300 copies
Nuptials / Summer (1938) 290 copies
Summer (1954) 271 copies
Betwixt and Between (1937) 254 copies
Notebooks 1942-1951 (1964) 226 copies
Youthful Writings (1976) 174 copies
Algerian Chronicles (1958) 159 copies
Notebooks 1935-1951 (1961) 154 copies
Notebooks 1951-1959 (1989) 149 copies
The Misunderstanding (1944) 140 copies
Summer in Algiers (2005) 123 copies
Lettres à un ami allemand (1945) 119 copies
American Journals (1987) 110 copies
State of Siege (1948) 92 copies
Albert Camus : Essais (1965) — Author — 91 copies
Nuptials (1938) 66 copies
The Stranger / The Fall (1991) 65 copies
The Adulterous Woman (1772) 64 copies
Kleine Prosa (1961) 58 copies
The Collected Fiction (1960) 57 copies
Journaux de voyage (1978) 54 copies
Discours de Suède (1958) 48 copies
The Guest [short story] (1972) 46 copies
The Stranger / The Plague (1942) 44 copies
Personal Writings (2020) 35 copies
Correspondance: (1944-1959) (2017) — Author — 33 copies
Hochzeit des Lichts (1993) 32 copies
Notebooks (1993) 29 copies
Dramen (1991) 29 copies
Fragen der Zeit (1960) 27 copies
Gesammelte Erzählungen (1966) 26 copies
Correspondance: (1946-1959) (2007) — Author — 24 copies
Opere (Italian Language) (1988) 24 copies
The Just / The Possessed (1970) 23 copies
Album Camus (1982) 21 copies
OEUVRES COMPLETES T3 (2008) 20 copies
Stranac (1991) 18 copies
Escritos libertarios (2013) 17 copies
Posterite Du Soleil, LA (2009) 17 copies
La peste : extraits (1971) 17 copies
Committed Writings (2020) 15 copies
Correspondence, 1932-1960 (1987) 12 copies
Taccuini (volume primo) (2004) 12 copies
Actuelles II (1953) 12 copies
ESPAÑA LIBRE! (1978) 11 copies
Tutto il teatro (1993) 11 copies
NARRATIVA Y TEATRO (1979) 11 copies
Teatro (1968) 10 copies
Heimkehr nach Tipasa (1984) 10 copies
Sämtliche Dramen (2013) 9 copies
Correspondance: (1941-1957) (2013) — Author — 9 copies
Moral y política (1950) 9 copies
Ein Lesebuch mit Bildern. (2003) 8 copies
Coffret Oeuvres complètes, volumes 3 et 4 (0208) — Author — 8 copies
Die Stummen; Der Gast (1975) 8 copies
The Growing Stone (1959) — Author — 6 copies
Dogrular (2009) 5 copies
Minotaurus 5 copies
Talene i Sverige (2013) 5 copies
Rebelión en Asturias (2022) — Author — 5 copies
KUGA (1978) 4 copies
Yaratma Tehlikesi (2021) 4 copies
Requiem pour une nonne [Requiem for a Nun] (1956) — Author — 4 copies
Deux Nouvelles (1996) 3 copies
La Nit de la veritat (1986) 3 copies
Das Frühwerk (1967) 3 copies
Dżuma ; Upadek (1985) — Author — 3 copies
Camus Albert 3 copies
La caduta e Discorsi di Svezia — Author — 3 copies
Dugun ve Bir Alman Dosta Mektuplar (1997) — Author — 3 copies
Conferências e Discursos (1900) 3 copies
Mit o Sizifu — Author — 3 copies
Récits et théâtre (1958) 3 copies
SürgCün ve Krallık (1996) 3 copies
Camus (Raster) (2000) 3 copies
Correspondance (1944-1958) (2013) — Author — 3 copies
Ecinniler (2018) 3 copies
Os Possessos 2 copies
Mit Syzyfa i inne eseje (1999) 2 copies
Novele 2 copies
Ilk Adam (2015) 2 copies
Srecna smrt (2019) 2 copies
Erzählungen (1974) 2 copies
PREFACE 2 copies
The Plague / The Trial (1972) 2 copies
Yazismalar 1946 - 1959 (2015) 2 copies
Pierwszy człowiek (1995) 2 copies
I HUAJI 2 copies
Caligula and Other Plays (2000) 2 copies
Le opere 2 copies
Box Albert Camus (2019) 2 copies
Correspondance (1945-1959) (2013) — Author — 2 copies
Rinktiniai esė (1993) 2 copies
Patan 2 copies
The plague (2005) 2 copies
Ziel eines Lebens. (1990) 2 copies
Pages choisies 2 copies
Il-barrani (1998) 1 copy
Pad (2019) 1 copy
The Plague r 1 copy
Ilginc Bir Vaka (2022) 1 copy
Sürgün 1 copy
L'estiu 1 copy
Obra selecta 1 copy
RENIA 1 copy
TE DREJTET 1 copy
Stranac 1 copy
Det første menneske (1997) 1 copy
El extranjero (2021) 1 copy
Yolculuk Günlükleri (2018) 1 copy
Healing Poetry (2013) 1 copy
?? 1 copy
The Trial — Author — 1 copy
Rub a lice 1 copy
Pages méditerranéennes (1968) — Author — 1 copy
The Renegade or a Confused Spirit — Author — 1 copy
Taccuini 1951 1959 (1992) 1 copy
The Silent Men — Author — 1 copy
Vous Parle 1 copy
Balises 1 copy
Denemeler 1 copy
The Funeral 1 copy
Dżuma Tom 1 1 copy
Dżuma Tom 2 1 copy
Prosa (1977) 1 copy
La rivolta libertaria (1998) 1 copy
Sins of the Father (1997) 1 copy
Notebooks 1 copy
سقوط 1 copy
Sisyforen mitoa (1992) 1 copy
Dịch Hạch (2020) 1 copy
Rënia 1 copy
Murtaja 1 copy
La plaga 1 copy
HLa Icaduta 1 copy
FRÄMLINGEN 1 copy
Vrang og ret 1 copy
Biyanî (1995) 1 copy
Correspondance 1939-1947 (2000) — Author — 1 copy
1999 1 copy
السقطة 1 copy

Associated Works

Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre (1956) — Contributor — 2,092 copies
The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 1,134 copies
The Assassin's Cloak: An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists (2000) — Contributor, some editions — 553 copies
French Stories (1960) — Contributor — 498 copies
A World of Great Stories (1947) 263 copies
The Penguin Book of International Gay Writing (1995) — Contributor — 178 copies
Sixteen Short Novels (1985) — Contributor — 177 copies
The Anarchists (1964) — Contributor — 112 copies
The Stranger: The Graphic Novel (2013) — Contributor — 94 copies
French Short Stories (1998) — Contributor — 87 copies
Great Stories by Nobel Prize Winners (1959) — Contributor — 77 copies
Great French Short Stories (1946) — Contributor — 72 copies
God (Hackett Readings in Philosophy) (1996) — Contributor, some editions — 59 copies
Islands : lyrical essays (1947) — Preface — 57 copies
Eleven Modern Short Novels (1970) — Contributor — 49 copies
Profil d'une œuvre. L'étranger, Albert Camus (1970) — Contributor — 36 copies
Beach : Stories by the Sand and Sea (2000) — Contributor — 32 copies
Ten Modern Short Novels (1958) — Contributor — 27 copies
One World of Literature (1992) — Contributor — 24 copies
Martin du Gard : Oeuvres complètes, tome 1 (1955) — Preface, some editions — 22 copies
The World of Law, Volume II : The Law as Literature (1960) — Contributor — 21 copies
Profil d'une œuvre. La peste, Camus (1978) — Contributor — 21 copies
Designs in Fiction (1968) — Contributor — 20 copies
Martin du Gard : Oeuvres complètes, tome 2 (1955) — Preface, some editions — 18 copies
The Penguin Book of French Short Stories (1968) — Contributor, some editions — 18 copies
Nobel Writers on Writing (2000) — Contributor — 14 copies
The Living Desert (1954) — Contributor — 13 copies
Œuvres complètes (1955) — Preface, some editions — 12 copies
Bronnen van genegenheid (1969) — Contributor — 12 copies
L'Hôte : D'après l'oeuvre d'Albert Camus (2009) — Contributor — 10 copies
Profil d'une œuvre. Les justes, Camus (1974) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Analog Sea Review: Number Four (2022) — Contributor — 4 copies
The Stranger [1967 film] — Original book — 3 copies
Introduction to Fiction (1974) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Camus, Albert
Birthdate
1913-11-07
Date of death
1960-01-04
Burial location
Lourmarin Cemetery, Lourmarin, Vaucluse, France
Gender
male
Nationality
Algeria (birth)
Country (for map)
France
Birthplace
Mondovi, Algeria
Place of death
Villeblevin, Yonne, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France
Cause of death
car crash
Places of residence
Algiers, Algeria
Paris, Île-de-France, France
Mondovi, Algeria (birth)
Education
University of Algiers (BA, 1935)
University of Algiers (MA, 1936)
Occupations
novelist
essayist
playwright
journalist
Relationships
Casares, Maria (partner)
Feraoun, Mouloud (friend)
Organizations
French Communist Party
Algerian People's Party
Combat
French Resistance
Awards and honors
Nobel Prize (Literature, 1957)
Short biography
Albert Camus was born to French-Spanish parents in Mondovi, a small village in northeastern Algeria, then a French colony. In 1933, he enrolled at the University of Algiers.. He became a theater professional and journalist, joining the staff of the Alger-Républicain in 1938. He was in Paris working for Paris-Soir magazine at the outbreak of World War II, and joined the French Resistance. After the war, he left political journalism and focused on essays, fiction, and his work as a theater producer and playwright. Camus died in an auto accident in 1960 at age 46.
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Do not combine this page with the author page for A. Camus or for Camus as there are other authors with the same surname, and surname and initial.

Members

Discussions

Camus - His Non-Fiction - discussion in Literary Centennials (May 2018)
possibly Dystopian about Death in Name that Book (October 2015)
Camus - The Fall - discussion in Literary Centennials (January 2014)
Albert Camus - Resources and General Discussion in Literary Centennials (December 2013)
Camus - The Plague - discussion in Literary Centennials (August 2013)
Camus - The Stranger (aka Outsider) - discussion in Literary Centennials (March 2013)
Camus - A Happy Death - discussion in Literary Centennials (January 2013)
***GroupRead: The Plague (Spoiler Free) in 75 Books Challenge for 2010 (April 2010)

Reviews

ReadAroundTheWorld. Algeria

The Stranger was written in 1942 by Nobel prize-winning Algerian author Albert Camus and has been translated from French. It is hailed as a literary classic and masterpiece of existential philosophy and absurdism.

The story is set in Algiers. It begins with the narrator, a man called Meursault, going to pay his respects to his mother who has just died in a nursing home. In the second half of the book his friend Raymond gets into a fight with some Arabs on the beach. One of the Arabs is brother to Raymond’s ex-girlfriend, who Raymond beat up for cheating on him. Meursault talks Raymond out of shooting them, takes the gun, but later ends up shooting one of the men himself. He is put on trial, but the trial seems to focus more on his lack of emotion around his mother’s death than the events of the shooting.

Although I can appreciate the quality of the writing and depth of thought, I would have to honestly say I did not enjoy this book. The characters were not likeable, were repulsive even, and the story not particularly gripping. Maybe it was just too clever and sophisticated for me.
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Camus, mate, why you gots to be so bleak, ey?
 
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Rating
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Favorited
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