Lyrical and Critical Essays

Lyrical and Critical Essays

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by Albert Camus
     
 

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Edited by Philip Thody, translated by Ellen Conroy Kennedy. 

"Here now, for the first time in a complete English translation, we have Camus' three little volumes of essays, plus a selection of his critical comments on literature and his own place in it. As might be expected, the main interest of these writings is that they illuminate new facets of his…  See more details below

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Edited by Philip Thody, translated by Ellen Conroy Kennedy. 

"Here now, for the first time in a complete English translation, we have Camus' three little volumes of essays, plus a selection of his critical comments on literature and his own place in it. As might be expected, the main interest of these writings is that they illuminate new facets of his usual subject matter."--The New York Times Book Review

"...a new single work for American readers that stands among the very finest."--The Nation

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Lyrical And Critical Essays

"The literary output of Albert Camus was exceptionally concentrated and well organized, so that each part of it throws light on the other parts.... Here now, for the first time in a complete English translation, we have Camus' three little volumes of essays, plus a selection of his critical comments on literature and on his own place in it. As might be expected, the main interest of these writings is that they illuminate new facets of his usual subject matter."

— John Weightman, The New York Times Book Review

"The work of Albert Camus began to achieve international recognition after World War II, and from then until his death in 1960 no author was a greater articulator of the general reevaluation of human action that took place in the best literature of this period... because those works are so intense, so occupied with the themes of a civilization, it is good to have small, sometimes rough pieces which show a great writer close to the stuff of experience he would later refine and set into parables for an age. For it was his ability to stay near the plain, uncelebrated habits of life that gave Camus' art its peculiar strength and his thought its hard humanity."

— Jack Richardson, Book World

"Some of the pieces have been translated individually before, but several of the best have not, and the complete sequence forms what is in effect a new, single work for American readers that stands among his very finest."

— Donald Lazere, The Nation

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307827784
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/31/2012
Series:
Vintage International
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
249,218
File size:
2 MB

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Lyrical and Critical Essays 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lyrical part of the book is absolutely out of this world, Camus is a genuis in the art of language, i recommend anyone to read this book! The critical part of it I wasnt a big fan or, I found it was too pessimistic, however the lyrical part made it all worth it..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lyrics to "Don't Cross the River" by Garth Brooks at "Awesome" res 1 it's courus is like "Don't cross the river if you can't swim the tide don't try denyin' livin' on the other side all your life..."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you. ~Shade
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I purchased it a long time ago and find myself going back to it because of the poetic tone of the essays. The imagery of the sea and the sunlight are pure poetry.