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Albert Camus RESISTANCE REBELLION AND DEATH First Edition

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First UK edition, first print hardback of RESISTANCE REBELLION AND DEATH, by Albert Camus. Translated from the French and with an introduction by Justin O'Brien. Published by Hamish Hamilton Ltd., London in 1961.

The book is in very good condition (Clean red speckled boards with gilt decoration and lettering on spine) with minor wear to the dust jacket, which is not price clipped (light creasing to edges mainly around the spine and light rubbing to a couple of corners). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions. There is very light tanning to the pages and slight foxing to page ends.

Albert Camus was born in Algeria in 1913. He studied philosophy at the University of Algiers, then became a journalist, as well as organising the Theatre de l'équipe, a young avant-garde dramatic group. His early essays were collected in L'Envers et l'endroit (The Wrong Side and the Right Side) and Noces (Nuptials).

As a young man, he went to Paris, where he worked on the newspaper Paris Soir before returning to Algiers. His play, Caligula, appeared in 1939, while his first two important books, L'Etranger (The Outsider) and the philosophical essays collected in Le Mythe de Sisyphe (The Myth of Sisyphus), were published when he returned to Paris.

After the occupation of France by the Germans in 1940, Camus became one of the intellectual leaders of the Resistance movement. He edited and contributed to the underground newspaper Combat, which he had helped to found. After the war, he devoted himself to writing and established an international reputation with such books as La Peste (The Plague) (1947), Les Justes (The Just) (1949) and La Chute (The Fall) (1956).

During the late 1950s, Camus renewed his active interest in the theatre, writing and directing stage adaptations of William Faulkner's Requiem for a Nun and Dostoyevsky's The Possessed. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957.

Camus was killed in a road accident in 1960. His last novel, Le Premier Homme (The First Man), unfinished at the time of his death, appeared for the first time in 1994. An instant bestseller, the book received widespread critical acclaim, and has been translated and published in over thirty countries.

Resistance, Rebellion, and Death is a 1960 collection of essays selected by the author prior to his death.

"Even though Albert Camus never took so engaged a part in political events as Sartre or Malraux, he was certainly, until his tragic death in January 1960, one of the few great contemporary creative writers to express himself on public and international affairs. In articles that were nonetheless important for falling under the head of journalism.

These articles and addresses, written or delivered between 1942 and 1958, were published in France in three successive volumes entitled 'Actuelles'. Many of them were primarily of interest only to French readers; but others were statements of Camus's attitude to problems of international moment, questions of liberty and justice and of the moral decisions an individual may have to make that transcend even those two ideals.

It is these cardinal expressions of Camus's political and social opinions that are collected here in a first English edition of his articles and speeches; they are written with grace and lucidity that mark all Camus's work.

The volume contains, in chief, the Letters to a German Friend written in 1943 and 1944, a piece of wartime literature that possesses permanent value; in it Camus treats not only of the problems of an idealist at war, but also of the whole foundation of morality in the modern age. The principal other sections of this book deal with Algeria, Hungary, and capital punishment - all matters of the greatest anxiety to liberal-minded people of the world over.

The selection also contains a tribute to Rene Leynaud, a French poet shot in reprisal by the Germans as they withdrew from France; articles on the relationships between pessimism and courage, and between the unbeliever and Christians; on dictatorship in Spain and in South America. The book closes with Camus's description of the artist in relation to his age, as given in an interview and the public speeches he made at the time of his receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957."

198 pages.

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