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Albert Camus, a biography, and: Camus: A Critical Study of his Life and Work (review)

From: Philosophy and Literature
Volume 8, Number 1, April 1984
pp. 104-118 | 10.1353/phl.1984.0060

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Reviewed by
Albert Camus, a biography, by Herbert R. Lottman; xii & 753 pp. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1979, $16.95.
Camus: A Critical Study of his Life and Work, by Patrick McCarthy; 359 pp. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1982, £12.50.
Patrick Henry
Whitman College

Footnotes

1. Raymond Gay-Crosier, ed., Albert Camus 1980 (Gainesville: University Presses of Florida, 1980), p. 11 n.

2. The alleged present-day Camus revival, always linked to The Rebel and often to the "new philosophers," transcends the scope of this article. In this respect, see: Stephen Miller, "The Posthumous Victory of Albert Camus," Commentary 70 (1980):53-58; Henri Peyre, "Albert Camus Vindicated," American Legion of Honor Society Magazine (1979):83-92; Jean-Yves Guerin, Diane S. Wood, "Albert Camus: The First of the New Philosophers," World Literature Today (1980):363-67.

3. From her perspective, Maria Casarès explains concisely, movingly, and with admirable circumspection the nature and meaning of their relationship. Her book appeared the year after Francine Camus's death: Maria Casarès, Résidente Privilégiée (Paris: Fayard, 1980).

4. Germaine Brée, Camus (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1959).

5. Ibid., p. 9.

6. Brian T. Fitch, The Narcissistic Text. A Reading of Camus' Fiction (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1982), p. xiv.

7. Albert Camus, Carnets — janvier 1942 - mars 1951 (Paris: Gallimard, 1964), p. 172. Here and elsewhere, all translations are mine.

8. Albert Camus, Essais (Paris: Gallimard, 1965), p. 1427. Henceforth, these references will be inserted parenthetically in the text.

9. Albert Camus, Carnets, p. 146.

10. See, for example, Germaine Brée, pp. 219, 222, 228; Roger Quilliot, The Sea and Prisons: A Commentary on the Life and Works of Albert Camus, trans. Emmett Parker (University, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 1970), pp. 204-5; John Cruickshank, Albert Camus and the Literature of Revolt (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1959), pp. 116-20.

11. Jean-Paul Sartre, "Tribute to Albert Camus," Camus. A Collection of Critical Essays, ed. Germaine Brée (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1962), p. 174.

12. His analysis of the plays is largely indebted to the best book on Camus's theatre. Raymond Gay-Crosier, Les Envers d'un Echec: Etude sur le théâtre d'Albert Camus (Paris: Lettres Modernes, 1967).

13. Albert Camus, Théâtre, Récits, Nouvelles (Paris: Gallimard, 1962), p. 1501.

14. Ibid., p. 2007.

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