“If absolute truth belongs to anyone in this world, it certainly does not belong to the man or party that claims to possess it": First American edition of Albert Camus' The Possessed

  • The Possessed: A Play in Three Parts.
  • The Possessed: A Play in Three Parts.

The Possessed: A Play in Three Parts.


Item Number: 95111

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1960.

First American edition of Camus’ theatrical adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece of the same name. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Rand. Jacket photograph by L’Express.

Camus devoted years of patient effort in recreating for the theater Dostoyevsky's great, prophetic novel, which, as Camus wrote in his foreword, he grew up on, took sustenance from, and for years visualized on the stage. In his adaptation Camus restored Stavrogin's originally censored confession to its rightful pace in the drama and drew upon Dostoyevsky's several hundred pages of Notebooks for The Possessed. The play was a critical success as well as an artistic and technical tour de force; featuring 33 actors, 4 hours long, 7 sets, and 24 scenes.

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