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Albert Camus Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Outsider (1942) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Plague (1947) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fall (1957) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fall (1957) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Exile and the Kingdom (1958) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Just (1960) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Summer (1968) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Happy Death (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Guest (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The First Man (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Caligula and Three Other Plays (1958) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Collected Fiction of Albert Camus (1960) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Caligula, And, Cross Purpose (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Collected Plays (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Plague, The Fall, Exile and The Kingdom and Selected Essays (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Plays

Caligula (1942) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cross Purpose (1944) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
State of Siege (1948) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Just Assassins (1949) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Possessed (1960) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Rebel (1953) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Myth of Sisyphus (1955) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Resistance, Rebellion and Death (1961) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lyrical and Critical (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Neither Victims Nor Executioners (1968) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Selected Essays and Notebooks (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Youthful Writings (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cahiers II: Youthful Writings (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Notebooks 1935-1942 (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Correspondance, 1932-1960 (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Selected Political Writings (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
American Journals (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Between Hell and Reason (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Notebooks 1942-1951 (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Notebooks 1951-1959 (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Create Dangerously (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Albert Camus was a renowned author, journalist, philosopher, and a Nobel Prize winner from France. He was well known for writing fiction, philosophical, and cultural novels. Camus is known to have contributed to the progress of popular philosophy called absurdism. In his essay called The Rebel, Camus has written that in his entire life he opposed the nihilism beliefs and delved deep into the belief of individual freedom. Camus won the Nobel Prize when he was 44 years old and is the 2nd youngest individual to receive the prestigious award. He never classified himself as an existentialist, but others usually classified him to be so throughout his lifetime. In an interview given in 1945, Camus declared that he was not associated with any ideologies. Author Camus was born on November 7, 1913, in Mondovi, French Algeria. He studied at the Algiers University and completed his graduation in 1936. His mom was of the Spaniard descent, while his father was an agricultural worker of the French-Algerian descent.

After the death of his father due to injuries suffered in World War I, Camus and his mother lived in poverty. During his college time, Camus used to play football. But in 1930, he contracted tuberculosis and had to give up the sport. The disease also forced him to study on a part-time basis. In order to earn his livelihood, Camus had to take up odd jobs like working as a clerk, private tutor, assistant, etc. In 1935, Camus joined the Communist Party in order to fight against the inequalities between the natives and Europeans in Algeria. However, he did not believe in the Marxist philosophy. When he joined the People’s Party of Algeria, there was a backlash from his former party and was eventually expelled. Following this, he associated himself with the anarchist movement. He also began writing for anarchist publications like La revolution, Solidaridad Obrera, Le Libertaire, etc. Camus did not believe in God and didn’t consider himself an athiest. Rather, he declared himself to be irreligious.

Camus published his first work in 1936 in collaboration with Yves Bourgeois, Alfred Poignant, and Jeanne-Paule Sicard. It was called Revolte dans les Asturies and concerned the revolt of Spanish miners that the Spanish government brutally suppressed. In 1937, Camus wrote his debut book and dedicated it to Jean Grenier. At the time of the Second World War, Camus became a part of a resistance cell called Combat. This cell published underground newspapers and worked against Hitler. After joining Combat, Camus started writing under the pseudonym of Beacuchard. He even became the editor of the paper in 1943. After Combat turned into a commercial newspaper in 1947, Camus decided to resign. In 1944, he was tasked with reporting the last fight that led to the liberation of Paris by the Allies.

When the US attacked Japan with atom bombs, Camus joined other French editors to express disgust and opposition publicly. When tuberculosis returned in 1949, Camus spent two years in seclusion and returned in 1951 to publish his book called The Rebel. In this book, Camus has given a philosophical analysis of revolution and rebellion. He has also rejected communist philosophy in the book. Camus’ views upset a number of his contemporaries and colleagues in France and also led to his split with the decorated philosopher, novelist, playwright, political activist, and a close friend of Camus, Sartre. The split depressed Camus after which he started translating plays. Later, he went on to write other books.

Throughout his life, Camus remained ambitious and active. With the money gained by winning Nobel Prize, Camus adapted Dostoyesvsky’s Demons for the stage. The play turned out to be a critical success and increased his popularity to a great extent. Camus had married twice in his lifetime. His first marriage with Simone Hie in 1934 ended due to infidelities on the part of both Camus and Simone. In 1940, he married a mathematician and pianist named Francine Faure. The two had twins Jean and Catherine. Outside his marriage, Camus had several affairs including the one with a Spanish actress named Maria Casares. Camus breathed his last on January 4, 1960, after he was involved in a car accident. Following his death, his widowed wife and children gained his works’ copyrights.

A popular book penned by author Albert Camus is entitled ‘The Plague’. It was released in 1947. This book describes the tale of a plague that spread in the French-Alergian city called Oran. Through this book, Camus has asked several questions related to the human condition and destiny’s nature. Camus has mentioned a wide range of characters in the book, including vacationers, doctors, fugitives, etc. The novel’s story is believed to be inspired by a cholera epidemic that spread in Oran in 1849 and killed a large population. Camus has set the story in the 1940s. Some of the essential characters depicted in the book include Bernard Rieux, Jean Tarrou, Raymond Rambert, Joseph Grand, Cottard, Father Paneloux, etc. Bernard Rieix is shown as a doctor, who runs a hospital in Oran and treat patients during the plague by working long hours. He does everything in his capacity to save his patients, but knows in his heart that he cannot win against death. Jean Torrou is depicted as a good-natured, humble man. He puts forward the idea of dividing volunteers into multiple teams to fight the epidemic. The overall story is divided into 5 parts. It received critical success.

Another well-known novel written by Camus is known as ‘A Happy Death’. The novel was originally written in French. It was published posthumously and was translated into English in 1972 by Richard Howard. This book’s topic is based on the willingness to be happy in all situations. It is told in two parts and revolves around the lives of the central characters named Patrice Mersault, Roland Zagreus, Marthe, Lucienne, etc. Initially, Patrice Mersault is shown as having an empty and monotonous life. He works an office job and has a meaningless and untrustworthy relationship with a girl named Marthe. Patrice comes in contact with Roland Zagreus, who helps him get out of his miserable life. After gaining enormous wealth, Patrice goes on a European trip. In spite of traveling to numerous beautiful places, Patrice doesn’t peace. He comes back to Algiers and enters into marriage with a pleasant lady. Patrice eventually dies after fighting with illness. His widow thinks that he died a happy death.

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