Born: November 7, 1913 in Oran, Algeria
Died: January 4, 1960 in an automobile accident
After winning a degree in philosophy, he worked at various jobs,
ending up in journalism. In the 1930s, he ran a theatrical company, and
during World War II was active in the French Resistance, editing an important
underground paper, Combat.
Albert Camus won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957 "for his
important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates
the problems of the human conscience in our times".
A copy of his acceptance speech is available on line from the Nobel
web site, as is a more detailed biography