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Lecture on Camus’ “The Stranger”

The Stranger was  published in 1942, in the depths of the Nazi Occupation, by a young unemployed journalist from Algeria who would normally never have had a hearing in Paris.  In my lecture, I will explore the making of this phenomenal literary success:  Camus’ initial failure as novelist, his search for a new style, the odyssey of his manuscript and the conditions of its publication. That this strange book should become the best known French novel in the United States and still the most widely taught, that it changed the whole direction of the novel, here and in France… that is, in literary terms, a miracle.

Presented by Alice Kaplan, Professor of French, Yale University.