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)
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)
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
“The Augustinianism of Albert Camus’ The Plague,” Gene Fendt
Pandemic Prayers: Devotions and Prayers for a Crisis, Beth Felker Jones
“Christian Reflection on Coronavirus, God and Early Christian Response to Suffering,” interview with NT Wright
“Camus,” In Our Time Podcast from BBC