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Major Awards and Honors

Nobel Prize for Literature

Albert Camus

(1913 – 1960)


Bibliography

Novels and Novellas

Plays and Theatrical Adaptations

Essays, Articles and Addresses

Correspondence and Memoirs

Links

The Albert Camus Society

Albert Camus's Nobel Prize biography

Albert Camus in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

WebCamus (unofficial site, in French)

Albert Camus's biography at the Kirjasto Authors' Calendar

Themis-Athena's select bibiliography of 20th century European literature


Albert Camus

The Stranger The Stranger
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The Plague The Plague
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The Fall The Fall
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The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
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The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
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Biographical Sketch

Albert Camus (Dréan, Algeria, November 7, 1913 – Villeblevin, France, January 4, 1960) was a French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. He wrote in his essay The Rebel that his whole life was devoted to opposing the philosophy of nihilism while still delving deeply into individual freedom. Although often cited as a proponent of existentialism, the philosophy with which Camus was associated during his own lifetime, he rejected this particular label. In an interview with Jeanine Delpeche, published in the periodical Les Nouvelles Litteraires on November 15, 1945, Camus rejected any ideological associations: "No, I am not an existentialist. Sartre and I are always surprised to see our names linked ..."

Camus was born in French Algeria to a Pied-Noir family. He studied at the University of Algiers, where he was goalkeeper for the university team until he contracted tuberculosis (TB) in 1930. In 1949, Camus founded the Group for International Liaisons within the Revolutionary Union Movement after his split with Garry Davis's Citizens of the World movement, of which the surrealist André Breton was also a member. The formation of this group, according to Camus, was intended to denounce two ideologies found in both the UssR and the USA regarding their idolatry of technology.

Camus was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature "for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times".

Read more about Albert Camus on Wikipedia.


A Selection of Quotes

The Stranger

"You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

Noces / L'Été (Algerian Notebook)

"Au milieu de l'hiver, j'apprenais enfin qu'il y avait en moi un été invincible."
("In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.")

The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays: The Minotaur

"In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion."

As quoted in "Visions From Earth" by James R. Miller:

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."

Unsourced/Attributed:

"Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it."

"It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners."

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