Albert Camus World Literature Analysis - Essay

Albert Camus World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

When Camus received the Nobel Prize in 1957, the citation lauded him “for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminated the problems of the human conscience in our times.” Camus died less than three years later without augmenting what was a relatively meager oeuvre: three novels and a handful of plays, short stories, and essays. It is possible to read his entire life’s work, including the posthumously published autobiographical fragment Le Premier Homme, in less time than it takes to absorb one novel by some of his more hermetic contemporaries.

Camus is widely read and fervently admired in a way few other twentieth century writers are. In a memoir of Robert F....

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