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The Stranger (1942): Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching Albert Camus' The Stranger

Library Databases

Use the links below to search for criticism and interpretation of literary works, as well as biographical information about authors. To access databases from off-campus, you will need to log in with your MyAACC credentials or enter your library barcode number.

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Alternate Titles

Please note that Albert Camus' The Stranger may be listed as The Outsider, or by its original French title, L’Étranger.

Reference Materials

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about The Stranger. These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.

  • Contemporary Authors [vols 89-92]
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vols 1, 2, 4, 9, 11, 14, 32, 63, 69, 124] - check under L’Étranger (under "E") in the Cumulative Title Index, a separate paperback index that accompanies this multi-volume work
    • [vol 42] - locate the topical essay "Existentialism and Literature"
    • [vol 54] - locate the topical essay "Crime in Twentieth-Century Literature"
    • [vol 98] - locate the topical essay "The French New Novel"
    • [vol 100] - locate the topical essays "Christianity in Twentieth-Century Literature" and "Nihilism and Literature"
    • [vol 122] - locate the topical essay "Modern French Literature"
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Characters [vol 4]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Places [vol 3]
  • Cyclopedia of World Authors [vol 1]
  • Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century
  • European Writers [vol 13]
  • Literature and Its Times [supl 1, part 2]
  • Masterplots [vol 11]
  • Novels for Students [vol 6]
  • Short Story Criticism [vol 9]
  • Twentieth-Century Literature Criticism - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vol 126] - locate the topical essay "Law and Literature"

Books & Audio/Visual Materials

Conduct a "Subject Browse" search using the Library Catalog for either:

  • Camus, Albert
  • Existentialism in literature

You'll find library materials that provide biographical information about Albert Camus, as well criticism and interpretation of his work.

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