Historical Who is Who

CAMUS, Albert

1913 - 1960
Algeria
LITERATURE, PHILOSOPHY

 

Writer of novels, plays, philosophical and political reflections. He was continually challenged in finding moral meaning in strained historical contexts - French colonial Algeria and occupied France during the second world war. Though he did not shy from committed engagement with social causes, expressed in Resistance activities and left-wing editorial alongside Sartre, he lost sympathy with Marxism. Instead he agonised over the futility and absurdity of much in human life, as typified by his Myth of Sisyphus and Plague. Yet he affirmed moral sense in living. His death in a car accident illustrates the challenge, but not his own resolution.

Life

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1957/camus-bio.html

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/camus

Writings

Myth of Sisyphus http://blsciblogs.baruch.cuny.edu/authenticityandastonishment/files/2012/10/Albert-Camus-The-Myth-of-Sisyphus.pdf

 Video

 Albert Camus discusses his play 'The Possessed' (French with English subtitles) (7 mins)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dICwQHVqLZU

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