The Plague – Albert Camus 1948 | 1st edition


  • Author: Albert Camus
  • Publisher: Modern Library, 1948
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Size: 12mo
  • Attributes: First Edition, Dust Jacket

First Modern Library edition, first printing. Green cloth with light staining on board. Binding tight, interior fine, unmarked. Dust jacket is worn and chipped around the edges, complete with original price of $1.95 on front flap. VG in a G DJ.

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“Its relevance lashes you across the face.” —Stephen Metcalf, The Los Angeles Times • “A redemptive book, one that wills the reader to believe, even in a time of despair.” —Roger Lowenstein, The Washington Post 

A haunting tale of human resilience and hope in the face of unrelieved horror, Albert Camus’ iconic novel about an epidemic ravaging the people of a North African coastal town is a classic of twentieth-century literature. 

The townspeople of Oran are in the grip of a deadly plague, which condemns its victims to a swift and horrifying death. Fear, isolation and claustrophobia follow as they are forced into quarantine. Each person responds in their own way to the lethal disease: some resign themselves to fate, some seek blame, and a few, like Dr. Rieux, resist the terror.

An immediate triumph when it was published in 1947, The Plague is in part an allegory of France’s suffering under the Nazi occupation, and a timeless story of bravery and determination against the precariousness of human existence.

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