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

  • The Outsider (The Stranger).
  • The Outsider (The Stranger).

The Outsider (The Stranger).


Item Number: 68950

London: Hamish Hamilton, 1946.

First British edition of Camus’ first novel and masterpiece, which was translated as The Stranger in the United States. Introduction by Cyril Connolly. Octavo, bound in full morocco by the Chelsea Bindery, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, inner dentelles, all edges gilt. Translated by Stuart Gilbert. In fine condition.

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, 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 and Le Monde ranks it as number one on its 100 Books of the Century.

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