CAMUS, Albert. The Outsider. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1946.
8vo., original blue-grey cloth with lettering in gilt to spine; pictorial dust wrapper designed by Edward Bawden; [ii], 104, [ii]; some light spotting and browning to jacket; light fading to spine and spotting to edges; head and foot of spine jacket with some nicks and tape repairs to underside; this still remains a very good copy which has retained much of its colour.
First English edition translated by Stuart Gilbert with an introduction by Cyril Connolly.
The Outsider, or 'L'Etranger' (The Stranger), was Camus’ first book to be translated into English. The introduction was written by Cyril Connolly, who chose this book as one of his 100 key books of the Modern Movement. A contemporary classic, it helped to define the literature of alienation and the absurd in the post-war world. Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explores what he termed 'the nakedness of man faced with the absurd'.