The Plague Reading Guide

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

Questions for reflection and discussion

By Dr. Sheri Abel (Modern & Classical Languages) and Dr. Aubrey Buster (Biblical & Theological Studies) with contributions from Dr. Richard Gibson (English)

Reading Through the Lens of Faith -- Dr. Sheri Abel

The Plague in context

Albert Camus, United Press International, 1957

Who Was Albert Camus?

A biographical essay by Dr. Ryan Kemp, Philosophy 

(photo by United Press International, 1957)

Sisyphus by Titian, Public domain, circa 1548

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)

Open book with pages fanned out

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)

Map of Algeria, circa 1945, Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division

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)

Maps and Photos

Go Deeper

Camus,” In Our Time Podcast from BBC

Eerie echoes of Albert Camus’ novel The Plague in real-life Oran, Algeria,” Farid Sait