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Joseph Frank

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823239252

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823239252.001.0001

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Camus as Journalist

Camus as Journalist

(p.34) 3. Camus as Journalist
Responses to Modernity

Joseph Frank

Fordham University Press

In the early years of his career, before The Myth of Sisyphus and The Stranger made their mark, Albert Camus was far better known as a journalist than in any other capacity. He published articles between 1944 and 1947 in Combat, an underground journal established before France was liberated, and which continued to appear for a few years after that time. Journalism seems to form a very minor aspect of Camus' multifarious activity as novelist, playwright, theatre director, and cultural-political commentator, but it played a much larger role in his life than is usually recognized. Camus refuses to accept the repugnance of mankind so prominent in Jean-Paul Sartre, and so unforgettably dramatized in the latter's play, Huis Clos (No Exit). But when The Myth of Sisyphus was published in 1942, it was at first considered part of the philosophy of existentialism brought into vogue by Sartre's novel, stories, and his major philosophical work, Being and Nothingness.

Keywords:   Albert Camus, Myth of Sisyphus, Combat, France, journalism, Jean-Paul Sartre, existentialism, Being and Nothingness

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