Use these resources to guide your reading and discussion of The Plague.
"From now on, it can be said that plague was the concern of all of us. . . . But once the town gates were shut, every one of us realized that all, the narrator included, were, so to speak, in the same boat, and each would have to adapt himself to the new conditions of life. Thus, for example, a feeling normally as individual as the ache of separation from those one loves suddenly became a feeling in which all shared alike and—together with fear—the greatest affliction of the long period of exile that lay ahead."
—Albert Camus, The Plague, 67
By Dr. Sheri Abel (Modern & Classical Languages) and Dr. Aubrey Buster (Biblical & Theological Studies) with contributions from Dr. Richard Gibson (English)
The Plague in context
Who Was Albert Camus?
A biographical essay by Dr. Ryan Kemp, Philosophy
(photo by United Press International, 1957)
Camus on the Sense and Role of the Absurd
A brief overview by Dr. Ryan Kemp, Philosophy
(Photo: Sisyphus by Titian, Public domain, circa 1548)
Nobel Prize Winning Author
An argument for reading Camus in the context of his craft by Dr. Richard Gibson, English
(Photo by Caio from Pexels)
Maps & Photos
A collection of maps and photographs of key places in The Plague and in the life of Albert Camus.
(Photo: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division)
"We All Have Plague," David McNutt (Core Studies) in Christianity Today
Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, Albert Camus
“The Myth of Sisyphus,” essay by Albert Camus
The Guest, short story by Albert Camus
A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus and the Quest for Meaning, Robert Zaretsky
An Algerian Childhood: A Collection of Autobiographical Narratives, Leila Sebbar
“How Albert Camus’ The Plague Became the Defining Book of the Coronavirus Crisis,” Samuel Earle
“Debating God: Conversations about God in Albert Camus’ The Plague,” Gordon Leah
“The Augustinianism of Albert Camus’ The Plague,” Gene Fendt
Spiritual First Aid Manual, Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College
God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and its Aftermath, NT Wright
“Christian Reflection on Coronavirus, God and Early Christian Response to Suffering,” interview with NT Wright
“How The Plague by Albert Camus Helps Explain Quarantine Psychology,” Ivan Spencer
“Camus,” In Our Time Podcast from BBC
“Eerie echoes of Albert Camus’ novel The Plague in real-life Oran, Algeria,” Farid Sait