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Albert Camus

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Camus, Albert (1913–60), French writer and philosopher. He communicated a vision of humanity in an absurd universe and felt that the only possibility for freedom and dignity lay in the awareness of this absurdity. His works include the essay “The Myth of Sisyphus” (1942), which elucidated the philosophical basis of his novel The Stranger (1942); the novels The Plague (1947) and The Fall (1956); the essay “The Rebel” (1951); and the play Caligula (1945). He won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1957.

See also: Philosophy.

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