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Notebooks, 1935-1942

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From 1935 until his death, Albert Camus kept a series of notebooks to sketch out ideas for future works, record snatches of conversations and ... Show synopsis

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AnnieLou

A look into genius!

by AnnieLou on Apr 12, 2008

The notes Camus began to write at age 22, and he continued until his death, were windows into the observant, creative and philosophical thought of one of the twentieth century's leading intellectuals. Some notations are recollections of memories of his french algerian childhood, the sea and his love of swimming, the squalid city of Oran where he lived with his Mother in poverty, his first "love", and his first elementary school teacher who recognized his potential. Other notations reveal to the reader his despairover his TB, his disappointments in love, and his seminal thoughts on existance, deism, and pantheism. But the most intriguing notes are those leading to the development of themes he used in"A Happy Death" and "the Stranger". More touching are the young man's pholosophy, "Honor is the virtue of life "...needing no celestial reward. ! These notes are gems of his introspection to be enjoyed by all !

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