New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1957. First American edition. A Fine copy in a Very Good+ to Near Fine dust jacket. Original publisher's binding with blue cloth and brown boards. Top edge stained red. Gentle shelfwear to crown and foot of spine. In the unclipped first issue jacket with the price of $3.00 on the front flap and image by Cartier Bresson to rear panel. Some mild toning to extremities and small chips to crown and foot of spine. Internally tight and clean overall.
Camus’ groundbreaking debut novel, first published in France in 1942, follows the story of the emotionally cold and detached Meursault, who cryptically shoots and kills an Arab on the beach. This incredibly influential novel is thought to typify Camus’ idea of the absurdness of man’s condition, a theme which runs throughout his works. Camus, of course, would be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, the first African-born winner of the prize. “Camus' brilliantly told story of controlled despair...” (Contemporary New York Times Review). Fine in Very Good + dust jacket. (Item #2579)