As part of A Classics Challenge, this month we’re asked to discuss the author that we’re currently reading. The first prompt is an overview of the author. Since I’m reading The Stranger, I present Albert Camus:
Albert Camus was born in 1913 into a Pied-Noir family, a term that refers to European colonists of French Algeria. Camus’ father died in WWI and he grew up in a poor neighborhood of Algiers with his mother. By working a series of odd jobs he was able to put himself through school at the University of Algiers. Camus went on to be a novelist, journalist, and philosopher.
He also appears to have been a smoker.
Camus believed in absurdism, the idea that humans are caught in a constant attempt to derive meaning from a meaningless world. He was also at various times in his life, a communist, anarchist, pacifist, and defender of human rights. Despite not believing in the institution of marriage, Camus was married twice.
Camus’ novels include The Stranger (1942), The Plague (1947), and The Fall (1956). His philosophical writings include The Myth of Sisyphus (1942) and The Rebel (1951). He also wrote many plays and essays. In 1957 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
He died in an automobile accident in 1960.