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Albert Camus and Sartre

Updated on August 21, 2010

Albert Camus's Life

Camus was always stuck when it came to finding enough time to do all that he had to do; and often found himself missing important meetings because he had another commitment. He failed miserably at time management.

Camus on his Friends

In the book Camus, A Romance, there was a quote from a letter written by Camus that sounded like any modern, busy life, “To measure up, today I would need three lives and several hearts.” He missed an appointment with his journalist friend Pierre Berger because at the last minute, he signed up to sign books to raise money for war refugees, and ran out of time.

Soon after, he fell into depression over missed opportunities and broken friendships (like the ruptured one that he had with Jean Paul Sartre). He even wrote “One by one the stars fell into the sea.” Later on, he would use this haunting image in a short story.

Sartre and Camus

It was sometime in 1943 (during World War II) when Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre met. They were usually very mutual about things, especially when it came to understanding principles. They both believed in the same ideas, like that of ‘the universe is brutally apart from reason, there is no divinity, and that freedom surmounts a basic despair’.

Sartre and Camus supported Humanism. They looked up to it as a ‘guiding value in life’. But Sartre later on turned his back on his friend after finding out Camus’ negative response to Soviet methods (politics eventually drove them apart). But one thing’s for sure, his view of things was really different compared to the perspective of some French Intellectuals.

Camus later on realized that life was indeed absurd (when touring the United States). He later on learned that French Existentialism was being given a wrong impression. But in spite of this, he still saw life as something that was worth fighting for.

After Albert Camus’ death

After some time, his Tuberculosis relapsed. And within his two year seclusion, he came to writing The Rebel. It angered many, especially some French Intellectuals, which lead to many of them ostracizing him. Even though his ideals angered many, he concentrated more in the issues of suffering and poverty. It was only after Albert Camus’ death (from an automobile accident) that Sartre would start giving him praises again.

Camus, A Romance

The author Elizabeth Hawes, found her herself – her distinctiveness, by just writing Albert Camus' Biography. She believes that people get to relate better from other peoples life stories, much like she did with the philosopher. His life and his experience of it was truly depicted in all of his works.


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