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Whatever happened to Albert Camus' brother Lucien, after the French-Algerian writer's...

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pikaya | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 2, 2009 at 11:58 PM via web

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Whatever happened to Albert Camus' brother Lucien, after the French-Algerian writer's death in January 1960? When did he die? Did he flee Algeria?

I am curious about the fate of the Camus family after the great writer's death. I know he already lived in Provence when he died and that his immediate family was in France by the time Algeria became independent, but I am curious about the other, lesser known members of his family who appear in his writings or in writings about him: his brother, mother, uncle. Thank you.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 28, 2011 at 12:16 PM (Answer #1)

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Lucien Camus was the older brother of the absurdist writer and philosopher Albert Camus (1913-1960) and son of Lucien Camus Sr. Their father was killed at the Battle of the Marne in 1914. Camus the writer, winner of the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature, died in a car accident in 1960 at the age of 46. In the biography, Albert Camus: The Artist in the Arena, by Emmett Parker, there is a footnote that states that brother Lucien was forced to flee Algeria during the turmoil that followed Algeria's declaration of independence in 1962. Camus' mother died in 1960; and Albert's second wife, Francine, died in 1979.

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