The Outsider by Albert Camus


Introduction by Cyril Connolly

The first British edition of Camus’ first novel and masterpiece, translation by Stuart Gilbert. Camus explored what he termed “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd.” The story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach. Camus won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957.

The Outsider was first published in 1942, and is one of Albert Camus’s most celebrated novels. It tells the story of Meursault, an alienated young man who kills an Arab but refuses to show remorse or apologise for his actions, even when this means that he will be sentenced to death. The novel is scathing in its criticism of social conventions, and remains influential and widely studied over 75 years after it first appeared.

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A hardcover edition with grey-blue boards, gilt lettering and unclipped illustrated dust jacket. There is foxing and toning throughout but the text is clear and legible. There is a previous seller’s ink stamp on the inside front board. The dust jacket has a tear down the length of the spine and tearing along the edges.  The DJ is in two pieces – front and back having been separated from the spine but can be repaired. The spine of the book and its edges are faded.

A rather rare copy in this edition.

“L’Etranger” was first published in France in 1942. This translation was first published in 1946.

Now enclosed in a protective plastic cover to prevent damage.

Publisher: Hamish Hamilton, London.

Publication Date: 1946.

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