Great World Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 2

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Altert Camus

BORN: November 7, 1913, Mondovi, Algeria

DIED: January 4, 1960, Sens, France

IDENTIFICATION: French novelist, dramatist, and journalist whose work sympathetically examines the absurdity of existence and espouses the need for disinterested and humane action.

SIGNIFICANCE: Camus, a French Algerian from an impoverished family and a man with a history of tuberculosis, used his prodigious talent to help the human condition to be understood and ameliorated wherever possible. His writing is noted for energy, passion, and above all, sincerity and lack of pretense. At the time he received the Nobel Prize in 1957—he was one of the youngest to win this award—he had already written three worldwide classics. The Stranger (1942), The Plague (1947), and The Fall (1956) show entangled motives and inexplicable evil. His ironic death in a sports car accident served as the final metaphor of absurdity, merging his life with his art.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Italo Calvino 149
  • Altert Camus 159
  • Alejo Carpentier 179
  • Ainé Césaire 195
  • Chow Shu-Jen 205
  • J. M. Coetzee 225
  • Joseph Conrad 245
  • Tsiti Dangarembga 267
  • Anita Desai 277
  • Index 287
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