"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer": First American Edition of Albert Camus’ Classic Novel The Stranger

  • The Stranger.
  • The Stranger.

The Stranger.

Item Number: 44067

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946.

First American edition of the author’s first novel and masterpiece. Octavo, original beige cloth. Translated by Stuart Gilbert. Small contemporary name to the endpaper, near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Dust jacket design by Warren Chappell.

Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." With the publication of this first novel L’Etranger (The Stranger), Camus introduced his lifelong attempt to reconcile a philosophy of heroic nihilism with “the ideal of human fraternity” (Encyclopedia of Philosophy). It remains one of the classic works of the twentieth century.