CAMUS Albert (1913-1960)

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CAMUS Albert (1913-1960)
L'Homme révolté, fragment of an autograph manuscript [1950], 11 sheets in-4 on Combat magazine letterhead, numbered from 2 to 12. Precious and partly unpublished variant of L'homme révolté in which Albert Camus gives his definition of the novel and illustrates it with analyses by Flaubert, Proust and American novelists. Published after L'Étranger (1942) and La Peste (1947), L'Homme Révolté triggered a famous polemic on its release in October 1951 that ended up blurring the perception of this work. Sartre saw it above all as an anti-communist pamphlet and became definitively angry with Camus. This essay is above all a research work on the history and forms of the revolt. It is divided into five chapters, The Revolted Man (introduction), The Metaphysical Revolt, The Historical Revolt, Revolt and Art, and The Thought of Noon, each of which (apart from the introduction) is divided into articles. The 11 folios of this manuscript correspond to the articles Roman and Revolt and Revolt and Style, which follow each other in Chapter IV, Revolt and Art. They form a manuscript which constitutes an important variant containing several passages not retained in the version published by Gallimard in 1951. These leaves come from the Agnely manuscript, named after Albert Camus' private secretary, Suzanne Agnely. This variant was partly published in the notes of the reference edition (Essais, Paris, Gallimard, 1965, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, pp. 1650 ff.). A significant part of the text, however, has not been transcribed and must therefore be considered as completely unpublished. In these unpublished passages, Camus defends and illustrates his conception of the novel. "It is not enough for us to live, we need destinies without waiting for death. Yes, it is quite right to say that we dream of a better world than this one. But better doesn't mean good instead of bad (and what a pleasure it is to read this desperate Princess of Cleves). Better means conseque
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